Assessment of Safety-Critical Components in ELVs, RLVs, and RVs

Under this task, the Volpe Center will provide independent assessment and analysis of safety-critical components for commercial ELVs, RLVs, and RVs to assist AST with its launch and reentry activities, licensing, and compliance monitoring activities. For RLVs this will also involve assessments of safety-critical components for permits. The analysis and assessments of safety-critical components, which will summarize findings and make recommendations for additional studies if necessary, may include but not be limited to the following: (1) compliance of design of safety-critical components with requirements; (2) test plans and procedures; (3) test preparations and observation of test conduct; (4) test results; (5) post-flight compliance; (6) and anomaly and non-compliance reviews for technical issues that arise during component and system level manufacturing, qualification testing, acceptance testing, pre-launch and post launch activities. In addition, annually summarize findings in a report and make recommendations for additional studies and, if necessary, focus areas for research and development of improved safety-critical components for commercial space industry.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Commercial Space Transportation Vehicle Safety - Technologies


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Davidian, Ken

  • Performing Organizations:

    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Start Date: 20101115
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20120930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 30420

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01483463
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: FA-10-00395
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 9 2013 1:00AM