NASA is the space administration body that has been in the forefront since it sent the first man to the moon. However, the body is faced with financial problems. As America begin to slowly recover from the worst recession ever felt in American history, the Obama admini9stration has frozen all government spending resulting in a number of project being put on hold. The Constellation Program is an example. It is expected to replace the space shuttles that are due to be decommissioned this year. Any upcoming moon based construction was eliminated by Obama administration as a result of excessive spending.
The problem with government funded space administration projects is that they are accountable to the government. Unlike private entities, they are not allowed to take risks that might sometimes lead to bankruptcy. Private firms take risks that are not meant to be profitable in short term but are deemed profitable in long term .NASA is no exception. It has to meet the standards of the government thus they are required to bed valuable to Americans in the shortest time possible (Jarke, 1987).
The commencement of projects such as Virgin Galactic and SpaceX are set to take over the industry at explosive rates. A change of power is imminent in the near future to replace America’s dominance in space and space ports control. America is slowly losing its grasp of the space administration. As a matter of fact, NASA was not formed for scientific purposes as recently depicted but for self gratification. America needed a force to counteract Sputlink 1 which was launched in October fourth as a symbol, of soviet space aggression and dominance in space sciences. The pondering question was if Americans would prevail in the Cold War.
Management information system is used by the management to derive detailed reports. It manipulates data within the system to produce an in-depth report for decision making purposes. They are favorable for space and space airport management. When integrated with expert systems, they provide the best avenue for managing space projects. This kind of systems mimics human expertise in a particular field and make decisions based on the prevailing scenarios.
The design of space management system is based on the user-centered concept that puts the needs of the user first among other things. The primary users of the system are identified to include employees in the management portfolio, receptionist and the technical employees. Not all groups of users are conversant with computer use, and as such, the system developed should permit the easy usage of those with computer skills and those with little knowledge. A space management information system is tailor made to gather for the needs of space explorers and at the same time deliver quality analytics that are commensurate with the investments accorded.
Analysis of large volumes of data concerning space exploration in the clouds provides a host of advantages to space companies. First, the data patterns provide a mechanism to detect potential issues and defects in the early process of a particular project. Potential mechanical problems may be detected early enough before the user is exposed to them. Through well crafted analytics, the defects are analyzed and solved through adjusted manufacturing processes or supplier improvements (Gray, 1987). It becomes economical to the company to repair the flaws and inefficiencies when spotted in the first projects than when it is spotted after significant time and quality have been inputted. The customer impacts are also detrimental when flaws are detected in numerous volumes of projects already underway. Customer trust is crucial for business and growth of a company, and a recall of the huge number of space projects has an impact of tainting the country’s image and hence further activities.
Secondly, large scale data capture and analysis is principal in space safety improvements. The company Safety Center performs detailed and close to accurate forensic examinations of space trains involved in accidents. Huge volume of digital information derived from the state-of-the-art facility improves knowledge about technical aspects of the trains. Remote sensors and software deployed in the vehicles are analyzed and constantly improved to enhance safety. For instance, airbag deployment is studied to determine if they are accurately deployed in a set of conditions. Rich Strader, a private company’s outgoing CIO is of the opinion that the voluminous data obtained can be sufficiently used to add value across the chain (Huber, 1984).
The company has implemented a range of information systems to aid in the management and operation of its operations. These include customer relation and management systems, supply chain management, product design and development systems, and manufacturing systems. CRM is used to manage the interaction of the company with current and future customers. It integrates multiple channels such as social media, telephone, email and search to organize, automate, and synchronize sales, customer service, technical support and marketing. SCM integrates a number of features such as value chain planning and execution, product lifecycle management, manufacturing, and order orchestration(Zirgus, 1998). Product design and development systems take care of the space train design and development processes. The information system is instrumental in the design and development of new models as well as the re-design of faulty models. Analysis of streamed data provides an insight in re-design and improvement of safety-oriented, stylish and reliable models.
Space privatization acknowledges the fact that customer desire cars built to individual specifications and delivered in short lead-times. In order to keep up with this trend, it has adopted a comprehensive IT infrastructure and information system that oversees efficient order execution and integrated manufacturing and information flow.
Big Data gives private entities a competitive advantage over it government sponsord competitors in the manufacturing industry. The ability to analyze the data provides enormous breakthroughs in terms of safety, quality, consumer satisfaction and cost efficiency. The availability of up-to date, quality-controlled data is changing decision making processes within the industry leading to gains in quality, warranty costs, customer satisfaction and profitability. In addition to these, Space travel is famed for safety-oriented manufacturing. Features such as anti-lock control systems, side impact protection, 3-point seatbelts and energy absorbing components are the main drivers for improved safety and growth. The company approximates that with the vast amount of data in its use; future designs of its cars will not kill or injure anyone by the year 2020.
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