Title

A methodology for realistic space launch risk estimation using information-fusion-based metric

Authors

Authors

S. N. Sala-Diakanda; J. A. Sepulveda;L. C. Rabelo

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Inf. Fusion

Keywords

Space launch safety; Information fusion; Data fusion; Expectation of; casualty; Hazard modeling; Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence; Computer Science, Theory &; Methods

Abstract

In light of the significant changes being observed in the US space industry, in terms of the increase share of commercial launches, the development of inland spaceports, and the emergence of new vehicle designs and propulsion systems, there is need to reassess launch safety. In this paper, several issues related to space launch safety are reviewed, one in particular being the use, as the main the safety metric, of the mean collective risk to the general public, also known as the expectation of casualties. A new, decision level, information-fusion-based metric is proposed, and through a detailed case study, its merit in terms of the quality and quantity of information it generates is illustrated. The need for a new metric is here advocated as a critical first step toward the necessary transition from a risk avoidance philosophy to space launch safety to a risk management philosophy. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Journal Title

Information Fusion

Volume

11

Issue/Number

4

Publication Date

1-1-2010

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

365

Last Page

373

WOS Identifier

WOS:000280214100007

ISSN

1566-2535

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