LAUNCH VEHICLE COST MODEL DEVELOPMENT

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 3731
Amount: $260,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Berner Lanphier & Associates I
7315 Wisconsin Ave - Ste 429w, Bethesda, MD, 20814
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven D Berner
 (301) 654-8111
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDEPENDENT, OBJECTIVE MODEL FOR ASSESSING THE PROGRAM COSTS OF SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEMS IS PROPOSED. PARAMETRIC COST MODELS WILL BE DEVELOPED FOR BOTH EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLES AND REUSABLE VEHICLES (I.E. THE SHUTTLE). A DETAILED COST DATA BASE FOR LAUNCH VEHICLES WILL BE GENERATED; AND WILL INCLUDE NOT ONLY RAW COST DATA BUT INFORMATION ON NON-TECHNOLOGICAL FACTORS AFFECTING THOSE COSTS. COST DATA WILL BE APPROPRIATELY NORMALIZED TO CORRECT FOR THESE FACTORS. AN IN-DEPTH DATA BASE ON THE TECHNOLOGICAL AND PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF U.S. AND FOREIGN LAUNCH VEHICLES WILL ALSO BE GENERATED. THE NORMALIZED COST DATA AND TECHNICAL DATA WILL BE CORRELATED TO ESTABLISH MATHEMATICAL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN COSTS AND UNDERLYING TECHNICAL PARAMETERS. COST ESTIMATING RELATIONSHIPS WILL BE ESTABLISHED AT THE MAJOR SUBASSEMBLY AND SUBSYSTEM LEVEL. MAJOR COST COMPONENTS WILL THEN BE BUILT UP TO TOTAL VEHICLE COSTS. A FIRST-ORDER IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RESULTING ALGORITHMS WILL BE PROVIDED ON A MICROCOMPUTER. THE MODEL WILL ALLOW ANALYSTS TO INDEPENDENTLY ESTIMATE THE DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATIONS COST OF PROPOSED LAUNCH SYSTEMS, OR OF ALTERNATIVE PROCUREMENT RATES FOR SUCH SYSTEMS, BEFORE MAKING MAJOR PROGRAM COMMITMENTS. THIS WILL ALLOW MORE EFFICIENT UTILIZATION OF SCARCE AIR FORCE RESOURCES.

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