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.

TOP TECHNICAL CHALLENGES

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.

QFD MATRIX AND NUMERICAL RESULTS FOR TA13

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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