Spaceworthiness vs. Spaceworthy



The state or condition of being spaceworthy.


Suitable for a launch into, or travel through, space.


Spaceworthiness, or aerospaceworthiness, is a property, or ability of a spacecraft to perform to its design objectives and navigate successfully through both the space environment and the atmosphere as a part of a journey to or from space. As in airworthiness, the spaceworthiness of a spacecraft depends on at least three basic components: design of the spacecraft, which covers activities of engineering evaluation, simulations, laboratory and prototype tests, and experimental flights; production, which seeks to ensure that the spacecraft has been assembled in conformity with the design specification; maintenance of the spacecraft, after production, before and during each flight mission.Spaceworthiness is typically maintained through a maintenance program and / or a system of analysis, diagnosis and management of health and reliability of the spacecraft.

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