Automation of the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor Assembly Process 972234
The Space Shuttle's Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) processing equipment for motor assembly at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, was designed in the mid 1980's. Consequently, the data acquisition systems (DAS) and associated processors are obsolete and unreliable. The SRM Stacking Enhancement Tool (SSET) project was initiated to update and automate the motor assembly process.
The SSET project is replacing the existing segment processing data acquisition panels and incorporating the Segment Shape Prediction Program (SSPP) into a single panel providing updated processors and an intuitive “smart” graphical user interface with the capability of recording all data. The SSET project is also providing a Calibration Confirmation Control System (CCCS) that will electronically retain the instruments calibration information with the instrument.