An Integrated Systems Engineering Approach

Course Description:

This three to five day tailorable on-site or virtual astronautical engineering training course examines the real-world application of the entire space systems operations and engineering discipline. Taking a process-oriented approach, the course starts with basic mission objectives and examines the principles and practical methods for space mission analysis and design and space systems operations in depth. Interactive discussions focus on initial requirements definition, operations concept development, architecture trade-offs, payload design, bus sizing, subsystem definition, system manufacturing, verification and operations. This is a hands-on course with a focus on applications. Design exercises are conducted to give first-hand experience with the techniques presented. With over 1500 alumni, this course is designed for systems engineers and project managers who are responsible for the detailed design and operation of space systems. We teach synchronous, interactive classes via a variety of virtual learning platforms.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course you will have the knowledge, tools and experience to start with a blank sheet of paper and design an effective space mission to meet a broad set of objectives, or critically analyze proposed mission designs with insight into the critical trade-offs between cost, schedule, performance and risk. You’ll walk away with….SMAD Core cover

  • An enhanced understanding of the big picture of space missions and systems
  • A detailed working knowledge of how all the elements of a space mission work and the key trades that lead to a successful mission
  • Practical experience with applying systems engineering processes to develop conceptual designs for space missions and systems
  • An organized framework for future space learning—on your own, in academic courses, or other short courses

Who Should Attend:

Systems engineers, payload principle investigators, subsystem engineers or project managers who are responsible for the detailed design and operation of space systems.

Course Materials

Each participant will receive:


“This class was beneficial for all areas of design. All Systems Engineers should take this.” –Boeing Engineer
“The course exceeded my expectations. I did not think that the course could cover so many fundamentals of space missions!” – ESA Engineer
” Theory tied to practical applications well. Great presenters with thorough knowledge of the material.” – NASA Engineer

Space Systems Engineering Topics

  • Applied Space Systems Engineering
  • Space Mission Analysis and Design (FireSAT Example)

    • Mission Scope and ConOps
    • Mission-level Trade-offs
    • Design Solutions and Requirements Capture
  • Orbits & Trajectories

    • Launch & Space Environments
    • Understanding Orbits, Describing & Using Orbits
    • Orbit Maneuvers and Orbit Design
    • Ascent/Entry
  • Launch System Services

    • Derived Requirements and Critical Interfaces
    • Induced Environments
  • Spacecraft Engineering

    • Spacecraft Architecture Definition
    • Payload Design
      • Derived & Allocated Requirements
      • Functional Architecture & ConOps
      • Basic Principles, Current Technologies
      • Physical Architectures & Interfaces
    • Spacecraft Allocated Architecture
      • Subsystem Design (Power, ADCS/GNC, Comm, Propulsion, CDH, Thermal, Structures/Configuration)
  • System Realization

    • System Implementation (buy, build, re-use)
    • Integration, Verification & Validation, Transition
  • Mission Operations Systems

    • Functional Architecture
    • Physical Architecture Options
    • Complexity Drivers
  • Mission Evaluation

    • Technical Risk Assessment and Cost Estimation
  • Threaded Case Study and Hands-on Exercises
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