A Preliminary Analysis of the Effect of Work-arounds on Space System Performance and Procurement Requirements: A Proposal

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Rand, 1980 - Artificial satellites - 27 pages
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This note identifies a factor that appears to have been neglected in explaining the discrepancy between predicted and observed satellite lifetimes in orbit. This factor--extension of satellite life through ingenious 'work-around' corrections--is not represented in current satellite replenishment models. The note explores the effect of this omission on various measures of system performance, develops an analytical method of incorporating these work-arounds in replenishment models, and derives an initial estimate of the required parameters from a convenient data base. Incorporating the effect of work-arounds dramatically improves system performance and lowers procurement requirements. (Author).

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PROCUREMENTPERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS
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Appendix
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