This study will review and assess the SMC/AFRL concept for a Reusable Booster System (RBS) for the U.S. Air Force. Among the items the committee will consider in carrying out this review are:
• The criteria and assumptions used in the formulation of current RBS plans;
• The methodologies used in the current cost estimates for RBS;
• The modeling methodology used to frame the business case for an RBS capability including:
— The data used in the analysis,
— The models’ robustness if new data become available, and
— The impact of unclassified government data that was previously unavailable and which will be supplied by the USAF; the technical maturity of key elements critical to RBS implementation and the ability of current technology development plans to meet technical readiness milestones.