1966-02-01

Space Vehicle Versus Ground Systems Reliability 660691

Space mission reliability includes both space vehicle and ground support systems reliability as factors, and it is often charged that ground systems are treated as “poor cousins” in the allocation of reliability program effort. Factors which determine reliability requirements, the physical meaning of these requirements, and the characteristic problems involved in meeting them are compared for space and ground systems. It is shown why the required reliability should be achieved on ground systems at a lower cost than on space systems.

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