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Vision Spaceport (Pat Rawlings).
In 1998, the Kennedy Space Center entered into a Joint Sponsored Research Agreement (JSRA), the Vision Spaceport Partnership (VSP), with Ames Research Center, the Institute for Simulation and Training of the University of Central Florida, Barker-Ramos & Associates, the Boeing Company, Command and Control Technologies Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) / Pat Rawlings. All parties contributed to the partnership and worked towards achieving the objectives of the agreement through the partnership.
The VSP was dedicated to promoting an R&D partnership between government, industry and academia to help conceive revolutionary new spaceport architectures and space launch operations capabilities. This R&D partnership aimed to promote the development of design tools or models for the purpose of guiding and thus advancing the state of the art in spaceport performance.
Papers & Presentations:
"This report summarizes the R&D activity of the Vision Spaceport Partnership from 1998 through 2000 and coincides with the first release of the Strategic Planning Tool. In addition to providing top-level findings, the NASA Technical Manager provides a long range, “quick-look” vision of ground infrastructure and operations for future space travel."
The Vision Spaceport Partnership from 1998 to 2000 significantly improved modeling methodologies. Now a comprehensive set of technical and programmatic characteristics could relate a vehicle and ground system design to it's recurring launch-site operations effort. The project:
The VSP software related complexity to costs methodically. The issues of margin and standardization were also key drivers.
The Vision of the future spaceport is one of high productivity & high launch rates at affordable scales enabled by the right design, technology, knowledge and organization.
The advantages of the multi-modal transportation hub and of horizontal take-off systems that advance affordable access to space - in this generation.