Lunar Surface Vehicle Computer Evaluation Program 650044
A simulation program is established to determine the probability of success of a lunar surface vehicle in completing its primary mission, as well as various partial missions. This determination is obtained as a function of lunar surface conditions with realistic effects arising from equipment reliability and instrumentation accuracy.
A Monte Carlo simulation technique accounts for the statistical nature of such variables as terrain and reliability without requiring real-time problem solution.
The application of this computer program in the vehicle design phase facilitates trade-offs between subsystem performance and weight or power. The selection of operating strategy for normal and adverse lunar conditions (terrain or equipment difficulties) can be made.