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A new LMI study has found that NASA could implement techniques already in use by the Defense Department when designing rockets and spaceships.

The nonprofit research recommended the space agency use readiness-based sparing in supply chain management to support ground systems for launch missions, LMI said Thursday.

Research authors Julie Castilho, David Peterson, Tovey Bachman and Rob Kline presented an RBS structure using LMI’s ASM Sparing Model, which is designed to provide NASA logisticians with a platform to quantify the trade space using advanced analytics.

“In the DoD, affordability is often defined as ‘the degree to which the life-cycle cost of an acquisition program is in consonance with the long-range modernization, force structure, and manpower plans of the individual DoD components, as well as for the department as a whole,” the authors said.

The company presented the study on the logistics of space exploration at an aeronautics conference in San Diego.