TA13. The TABS for TA13 is shown in Table P.1, and the complete, revised TABS for all 14 Tas is shown in Appendix B.


Advances in ground and launch systems processing implies overcoming several challenges, such as reducing the cost of maintaining and operating ground control and launch infrastructure, improving safety, and improving the timeliness, relevance, and accuracy of information provided to ground control and launch personnel (e.g., in part through improvements in inspection and anomaly detection capabilities). Although advanced technology can contribute to solving these challenges, they are most effectively addressed through improvements in management practices, engineering, and design. The study did not identify any technology challenges related to TA13 that rise to the level of the top technical challenges associated with the other roadmaps.


Figures P.1 and P.2 show the panel’s consensus ratings of the 19 level 3 technologies for the TA13 roadmap. None of them are ranked as high priority, primarily because the benefit of each technology would be a minor improvement in life cycle cost, at best.

TABLE P.1 Technology Area Breakdown Structure for TA13, Ground and Launch Systems Processing

NASA Draft Roadmap (Revision 10) Steering Committee-Recommended Changes
TA13 Ground and Launch Systems Processing The structure of this roadmap remains unchanged.

13.1.   Technologies to Optimize the Operational Life-Cycle


13.1.1.  Storage, Distribution & Conservation of Fluids


13.1.2.  Automated Alignment, Coupling, & Assembly Systems


13.1.3.  Autonomous Command & Control for Ground and Integrated Vehicle/Ground Systems


13.2.   Environmental and Green Technologies


13.2.1.  Corrosion Prevention, Detection, & Mitigation


13.2.2.  Environmental Remediation & Site Restoration


13.2.3.  Preservation of Natural Ecosystems


13.2.4.  Alternate Energy Prototypes


13.3.   Technologies to Increase Reliability and Mission Availability


13.3.1.  Advanced Launch Technologies


13.3.2.  Environment-Hardened Materials and Structures


13.3.3.  Inspection, Anomaly Detection & Identification


13.3.4.  Fault Isolation and Diagnostics


13.3.5.  Prognostics Technologies


13.3.6.  Repair, Mitigation, and Recovery Technologies


13.3.7.  Communications, Networking, Timing & Telemetry


13.4.   Technologies to Improve Mission Safety/Mission Risk


13.4.1.  Range Tracking, Surveillance & Flight Safety Technologies


13.4.2.  Landing & Recovery Systems & Components


13.4.3.  Weather Prediction and Mitigation


13.4.4.  Robotics/Tele-robotics


13.4.5.  Safety Systems


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