Failure mode and effect analysis on safety critical components of space travel

Kouroush Jenab, Joseph Pineau
2015 Management Science Letters  
Sending men to space has never been an ordinary activity, it requires years of planning and preparation in order to have a chance of success. The payoffs of reliable and repeatable space flight are many, including both Commercial and Military opportunities. In order for reliable and repeatable space flight to become a reality, catastrophic failures need to be detected and mitigated before they occur. It can be shown that small pieces of a design which seem ordinary can create devastating
more » ... if not designed and tested properly. This paper will address the use of a Failure Mode, Effects, and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) with modified Risk Priority Number (RPN) and its application to safety critical design components of shuttle liftoff. An example will be presented here which specifically focuses on the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) to illustrate the FMECA approach to reliable space travel. Growing Science Ltd. All rights reserved. 5
doi:10.5267/j.msl.2015.5.006 fatcat:3mfkyj5ugfb3dg73chwdxmozpy