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Planning and Scheduling Group Selected to Analyze Kennedy Space Center Spaceport Operations
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Planning and Scheduling Group Selected to Analyze Kennedy Space Center Spaceport Operations

The Planning and Scheduling Group commenced work with the Spaceport Throughput Analytical Resource (STAR) project to analyze Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) Spaceport operations. This is a nine-month project to produce a tool to help KSC’s Spaceport understand how their projected launch rate is affected by KSC’s existing infrastructure. A specific launch rate may not be achievable because of infrastructure constraints; an example is the supply of consumables such as helium or nitrogen that is consumed by launches.

KSC’s Spaceport Integration and Services requires a capability to help assess the infrastructure limitations that lead to launch delays in order to make smart investments in infrastructure to meet future launch rate needs. The Planning and Scheduling Group proposed to model and solve this as a scheduling problem. The project was formulated over a three-month period working with KSC staff to evaluate the current state of KSC’s analysis capability, elicit requirements, develop a simple prototype, and present results to KSC Spaceport stakeholders in February. The project was approved and work will be completed by December 2021.

BACKGROUND: The mission of the Spaceport Integration and Services directorate is the overall planning and assimilation of KSC processing activities and the execution of Center services across NASA projects and Programs, other government agencies, and commercial partners with consistently safe, innovative, responsive, and cost-effective solutions. The STAR project is funded by the Spaceport Integration and Services directorate.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Spaceport Integration and Services, KSC Center Engineering, Safety, and Operations, as well as commercial partners.

TEAM: Kyle Booth, Jeff Brink (KSC), and Jeremy Frank

POINT OF CONTACT: Jeremy Frank, jeremy.d.frank@nasa.gov

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