The Influence of Spacecraft Design and Development on Manufacturing Practices and Operations 680700
The technological requirements and the development program required in producing a spacecraft have significant effects on the manufacturing operations of an aerospace corporation, particularly when there is no prospect of follow-on production.
The spacecraft’s internal and external environment considerations, weight controls, reliability, traceability, and limited production are reviewed with respect to their influence on manufacturing costs, schedules, operations, skill levels, and training requirements. The importance of visibility into, and control of, day-to-day operations is highlighted. Some salient management problems that result from the spasmodic nature of the development program are discussed.