Langley Research Center Resources and Needs for Manned Space Operations Simulation 871724
Over the past three decades, the application of simulation facilities to manned space flight projects has increased chances of successful mission completion by revealing the capabilities and limitations of both man and machine. The Space Station era, which implies on-orbit assembly, heightened system complexity, and great diversity of operations and equipment, will require increased dependence on simulation studies to validate the tools and techniques being proposed. For this reason the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) undertook a survey of both the facilities available for and the research requiring such simulations.
This paper was written to provide LaRC input to the SAE survey of simulation needs and resources. The paper provides a brief historial sketch of early Langley Research Center simulators, and the circumstances are described which resulted in a de-emphasis of manned simulation in 1971. Some current research activities in the areas of remotely controlled operations, task performance, and analytical simulations are presented. Principal near-term needs at Langley Research Center for space operations simulation support in large space structure assembly techniques and dynamics are identified.