Reliability Prediction Activities in the Apollo Program 670676

This paper discusses reliability prediction, modeling and analysis activities which are taking place in the Apollo program, after first giving a brief summary of the program itself. Reliability modeling and analysis of a typical manned Apollo mission are discussed through an example, the switch selector in the S-IVB stage of the Saturn V launch vehicle. Benefits and limitations of the analytical approach are given. It is concluded that prediction activities have benefited the Apollo program, and they have been most useful as consistent tools for designers where complete communication is maintained between engineers performing the analyses and those engaged in designing and testing the hardware.


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