AIAA Integrated Cube Sat Engineering Workshop
4-5 January 2020
0800-1700 hrs
Hyatt Regency Orlando, FL

Member – Early (until 16 December) $549
Member – Standard $649
Conference Rate $749



This 2-day Integrated CubeSat Engineering Workshop (I-CEW) applies systems engineering tools and techniques to provide participants with the foundational skills, industry standards, information and experience necessary to plan a credible CubeSat development program. Emphasis is on practice over theory using a fully functional (hardware and software) desktop (non-flight) CubeSat as the system of interest. The course uses the 3U EyasSat3™ (ES3) desktop satellite (see photo). The course follows the progression of a hypothetical CubeSat mission – NanoMet – designed to deliver large scale meteorological imagery fro LEO. NanoMet serves as an end-to-end systems engineering and project management training platform to examine issues that develop during each phase of a project lifecycle.

This course is organized along the lines of a real space mission, starting with Pre-Phase A concept development and then progressing from Phase A to D, introducing systems engineering artifacts that would be developed at each major milestone and providing hands-on examples using the NanoMet mission. The project artifacts are generated using model-based systems engineering (MBSE) and participants gain an understanding of how MBSE can be used in their projects. NanoMet, based on the ES3 platform, is designed to conform to the 3U CubeSat standard in terms of form and fit and includes all standard spacecraft bus functions (power, data handling, communication, and 3-axis attitude determination and control). Participants are provided with key lectures and resources and will learn by doing a variety of in-class exercises.

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Learning Objectives

  • Define mission needs, goals, objectives and ConOps for a CubeSat mission to satisfy Pre-Phase A requirements.
  • Develop and organize detailed mission and system requirements as required by a Phase A system requirements review (SSR).
  • Describe the tools and techniques needed to develop the complete preliminary design for a CubeSat and conduct a Phase B preliminary design review (PDR).
  • Evaluate the typical products produced for a critical design review (CDR) at the end of Phase D, including system specifications and test plans.
  • Implement a typical assembly, integration and test plan for a representative CubeSat system to apply the flow down from requirements to verification activities.
  • Conduct a simulated operation using a representative CubeSat system to develop and apply operational planning and procedures implementation.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for systems engineers, project managers and integrated product team members involved with any aspect of systems engineering and analysis, especially design and development, test and evaluation of CubeSats.

Course Agenda

Day 1

  • Intro to Space Systems Engineering
  • Overview of the NanoMet and EyasSat3™ System of Interest
  • Conceptual Space Mission Design
  • Pre-Phase A Planning – Essential Design Review Products and Project Scope Definition
  • Engineering Tools and Techniques
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Functional Analysis

Day 2

  • Orbit Design
  • Spacecraft Subsystems and Sizing
  • Phase B Planning
  • Preparing for Space Systems Verification
  • Phase C/D Planning
  • NanoMet Test Plan
  • NanoMet Simulated Operational Review
  • Course Review and Wrap-up


peter van wirtDr. Peter Van Wirt is a former Deputy Department Head for Labs and Research of the Department of Astronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has been a visiting lecturer for the Technical University of Delft’s SpaceTech Master’s degree in space systems engineering is an adjunct professor for the space systems engineering Master’s program at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He also instructs at the National Security Space Institute in Colorado Springs, CO. He has served as a systems engineer/program manager for a variety of U.S. Air Force engineering developments. Peter has over 30 years of aerospace engineering experience and over 20 years teaching experience. He earned his doctorate at Utah State University.

Course Materials

Course notes will be made available about one week prior to the course event. You will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your course notes. Since course notes will not be distributed on site, AIAA and your course instructor highly recommend that you bring your computer with the course notes already downloaded to the course.

Each participant will receive:

  • A complete set of course notes with copies of all slides used in the presentations
  • An electronic copy of Applied Space Systems Engineering
  • TSTI Alumni status allowing on-line access to course materials and other resources

AIAA CEUs are available for this course.

Course Registration



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