Prelaunch Checkout in the 1970s.

by L. T. Mast

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An attempt to predict the prelaunch environment of space launches in the 1970s. Increasingly complex vehicles will use built-in test equipment and an onboard computer to control and evaluate the confidence test data. More elaborate ground computer complexes are envisioned to aid the checkout process. By 1970, essentially all of the confidence testing may well be automated. The extensive use of special-purpose display and test equipment and complex cabling is expected to shift gradually to a greater use of digital computers and CRTs with greatly enhanced capability. Closer interconnection of all computing equipment is anticipated, and more extensive closed-circuit display and data links to vehicle design centers appear likely. Through the use of increased analytic capability and simulation, partially automated fault isolation--perhaps up to 70 percent--will probably be implemented. By 1975, automated fault isolation may reach 95 percent. 9 pp. Ref.

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