Development of Launch Vehicle Cost Model

Period of Performance: 01/01/1987 - 12/31/1987

$499K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Berner Lanphier & Assoc.
7315 Wisconsin Ave - Ste 429W
Bethesda, MD 20814
Principal Investigator

Abstract

THE OVERALL OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO DEVELOP A PARAMETRIC LAUNCH VEHICLE COST MODEL FOR LAUNCH VEHICLE HARDWARE PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT, OPERATIONS AND SUPPORT (O&S), AND PAYLOAD INTEGRATION. IN ADDITION, DATABASES OF LAUNCH VEHICLE COSTS AND TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS WILL BE DEVELOPED. THE MODEL WILL USE THE TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF PROPOSED LAUNCH VEHICLES TO GENERATE ESTIMATES OF HARDWARE PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT COSTS. BY A SIMILAR PROCESS, THE MODEL WILL GENERATE O&S AND PAYLOAD INTEGRATION COST ESTIMATES. TO REALIZE THIS OBJECTIVE, DATA WILL BE GATHERED ON LAUNCH VEHICLE HARDWARE PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT, O&S, PAYLOAD INTEGRATION COSTS. THE DATA WILL BE NORMALIZED TO INSURE DATA COMPATIBILITY. DATA WILL BE GATHERED ON THE CHARACTERISTICS OF LAUNCH VEHICLE HARDWARE TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS, AND O&S, AND PAYLOAD INTEGRATION PROCEDURES. COMPUTERIZED DATABASES OF THE COST AND TECHNICAL DATA WILL BE IMPLEMENTED. THE FINAL STEP IN THIS PROJECT IS TO CORRELATE THE COST DATA WITH THE APPROPRIATE TECHNICAL DATA AND DEVELOP COST ESTIMATING RELATIONSHIPS (CERs). THESE CERs WILL BE USED TO DEVELOP THE LAUNCH VEHICLE COST MODEL.