The Non-technical Challenges of Spacecraft Landing Systems

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Karl Brauer EPD 609 Engineering for Space The Non-technical Challenges of Spacecraft Landing Systems The use and development of spacecraft landing systems is directly related to the space program and as such it is susceptible to many of the same non-technical issues as the space program. In addition to these social, economic, and political issues, there other economic and environmental concerns which are primarily challenges for the just spacecraft landing systems. When choosing the right system and developing new systems, all of these concerns are taken into account and sometimes are even the overriding purpose for the choice of the landing system. As with any space program, the funding for spacecraft landing systems is always a concern. As the political opinions shift there can be drastic changes in the funding of the space program as a whole. These federal government dictated changes in funding are extremely detrimental to the landing systems because of the nature of how projects are funded. Politicians generally like to support the most outwardly attractive missions which are often manned missions and do not land on other planetary bodies. Spacecraft landing systems are usually used on unattractive, unmanned scientific missions instead and as a result if a part of the program needs to be cut it is most likely to be the part which the spacecraft landing
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course EPD 690 taught by Professor Hagness during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.

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