Mission Design Workshop

Mission Design Workshop

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May 22, 2024
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A Hands-on Concurrent Space Systems Engineering Workshop

Course Description: 

This completely hands-on on-site or virtual workshop provides a unique opportunity to design a real-world space mission from scratch.  Course participants are given a set of mission objectives in the form of a Request for Proposal (RFP) or Announcement of Opportunity (AO) and divided into competing groups to conceptually design a viable mission that meets the customer expectations at an acceptable lifecycle cost.  The groups are guided through a structured space system engineering approach to define a mission concept and supporting space mission architecture, and complete a detailed analysis.  Participants are given a comprehensive mission design and analysis tool along with a full copy of the Satellite Tool Kit software to analyze trade-offs and complete their design.  A minimum of in-class lecture provides “just-in-time” learning and concrete examples to keep participants on track.  The product of the design exercise is a 30 minute Mission Concept Review presentation where the participants are given the opportunity to outline and defend their design decisions.  The Space Mission Design Exercise serves as a concrete and practical means to apply and test space system engineering techniques in a non-threatening, real-life environment. With over 3,000 alumni, this course is designed for systems engineers, payload principle investigators, subsystem engineers or project managers who are responsible for the detailed design and operations of space systems. Intact teams preparing to develop or respond to an existing RFP or AO. Past participants from Designing Space Missions & Systems, Human Spaceflight or Understanding Space are ideal!

At the end of this course you will have the knowledge, tools and experience to turn customer expectations in the form of an RFP or AO into a fully-defined mission concept, or critically analyze proposed mission concepts with insight into the critical trade-offs between cost, schedule, performance and risk.
✦ Cultivate a better understanding of the overall space mission design process
   • Technical processes, tools and information available
   • Interpersonal skills and distributed collaborative efforts
✦ Exercise space system engineering processes
✦ Enhance space system engineering skills
   • System engineering management
   • Technical integrity
   • Technical leadership
✦ Integrate all elements of a successful mission
✦ Establish a process to refine requirements
✦ Define parameters to meet mission objectives at acceptable cost and risk
✦ Promote system-level thinking by all participants

Example Course Exercise Problems:
✦ Commercial Remote Sensing Mission
✦ Tsunami Detection and Tracking Mission
✦ Mars Mapping Mission
✦ Mars “Deep Impact” Mission

Each participant will receive:
• A complete set of course notes with copies of all slides used in the presentations
• A copy of the course text SMAD Core: Core Capabilities for Space Mission Analysis & Design
• Space Mission Analysis & Design Worksheet (Comprehensive Excel Spreadsheet)
• A fully licensed copy of Satellite Tool Kit software by AGI, licensed for the duration of the course

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Course Textbook

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