Simulation for Decision Support
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NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) was experiencing
problems from the numerous configurations and payload possibilities
with their planned spaceport, and they lacked a tool to assist
in the modeling and analysis of spaceport decisions. Not to
mention, spaceport management was also in need of a method
for capturing knowledge pertaining to spaceport operations.
This dilemma resulted in an initiative entitled Toolkit for Enabling Adaptive Modeling and Simulation (TEAMS™), and a solution
was consequently developed with KBSI's expertise in methods
and project management.
Because of the increasing complexity of systems,
the use of simulation has become a necessary decision-support
tool. Simulation allows an organization to experiment with
real world systems that would otherwise be nearly impossible
or too costly otherwise. It is often the only scientific methodology
available for the analysis of complex systems such as those
associated with the spaceport.
The early phase of the TEAMS™ technology initiative resulted in
the development of a prototype tool that enabled KSC to model
and simulate various activities associated with the spaceport
project operations, thereby improving the decision making
process. KSC can now quickly simulate a large number of spaceport
configurations providing the best and safest solutions. In
addition, it provided spaceport management decision support
in the areas of space vehicle mix impact, launch rates, asset
utilization, and spaceport life cycle costs.
The TEAMS™ technology provided immediate benefits to KSC by enabling
the implementation of the NASA Integrated Space Transportation Plan
(ISTP) investment strategy. Immediate benefits are likely to accrue
on the ongoing NASA Space Launch Initiative (SLI) and the Space
Shuttle upgrade initiative. Assuming a 5% savings based on enhanced
operations modeling and simulation, NASA can expect to see substantial savings potential in the SLI investment alone. The potential savings
in space transportation operations and maintenance costs resulting
from superior system designs will be significantly higher.
Because of the success realized from the first phase of the initiative,
KBSI continued to work with KSC again in Phase II, with an emphasis
on enhancing and hardening the Phase I architecture, building two
focused NASA applications, and commercializing the TEAMS™ software
by integrating it with KBSI's PROSIM® and AIØWIN® modeling tools.
As a result of the successful technology at
KSC, this could lead to a NASA-wide adoption of the TEAMS™ framework
and tools. The application of the TEAMS™ technology to the design of NASA's spaceports
will lead to the rapid deployment of cost-effective and high-performance
spaceports. This will be enabled through the exploration of multiple
spaceport design options through rapid operations analyses. The
TEAMS™ framework will allow for effective verification/validation
of a large number of spaceport operations process configurations
early in the system development life cycle. This will result in
significantly reduced risks and reduced spaceport life-cycle costs.