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Committee for the Reusable Booster System: Review and Assessment

View Report:  Reusable Booster System: Review and Assessment

Statement of Task

This study will review and assess the SMC/AFRL concept for a Reusable Booster System (RBS) for the U.S. Air Force. Among the items the committee will consider in carrying out this review are:

  • the criteria and assumptions used in the formulation of current RBS plans;
  • the methodologies used in the current cost estimates for RBS;
  • the modeling methodology used to frame the business case for an RBS capability including:
  • the data used in the analysis,
  • the models’ robustness if new data become available, and
  • the impact of unclassified government data that was previously unavailable and which will be supplied by the USAF;
  • the technical maturity of key elements critical to RBS implementation and the ability of current technology development plans to meet technical readiness milestones.

Past Meetings

February 15, 2012 - February 17, 2012
SCITOR Corporation
Colorado Springs, CO

March 28, 2012 - March 30, 2012
Keck Center
Washington D.C.

May 7, 2012 - May 9, 2012
Keck Center
Washington D.C. 20001
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Committee Membership

Committee Biographical Information

David M. Van Wie - (Chair)
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Thomas J. Lee
Lee & Associates, LLC

Edward H. Bock
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company 

C. Kumar N. Patel
Pranalytica, Inc.

Yvonne C. Brill
Independent Consultant

Diane Roussel-Dupre
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Allan V. Burman
Jefferson Consulting Group, LLC

Robert L. Sackheim
Independent Consultant

David C. Byers

Pol D. Spanos
Rice University

Leonard H. Caveny
Caveny Tech, LLC 

Mitchell L. R. Walker
Georgia Institute of Technology

Robert S. Dickman
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Ben T. Zinn
Georgia Institute of Technology

Mark K. Jacobs
Science Applications International Corporation


Project Staff

John Wendt
Senior Program Officer