Course Description:

This four-day tailorable, on-site or virtual course examines the application of Systems Engineering tools and techniques that will provide participants with the necessary skills, industry standards, information, and tools necessary to plan and implement 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. Using the 3U EyasSAT3TM (ES3) desktop satellite, the course follows the progression of a hypothetical CubeSat mission – NanoMet – designed to deliver large-scale meteorological imagery from 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. The 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. 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). All hardware was designed to be for use around the world and is “ITAR-free,” (it is not space qualified or even qualifiable). NanoMet serves as an end-to-end instructional tool throughout the workshop. Participants are provided with key lectures and resources and through a variety of in-class exercises will learn by doing.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, you’ll walk away with….

  • Define mission needs, goals, objectives and ConOps for a CubeSat mission to satisfy a Pre-Phase A requirements
  • Develop and organize detailed mission and system requirements as required by a Phase A System Requirements Review (SRR)
  • 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 simulated operations using a representative CubeSat system to develop and apply operational planning and procedures implementation
  • Apply Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE) to each phase of a project lifecycle
  • Overall, Enter any phase of the space mission life cycle and apply principles and practices to achieve practical results

Who Should Attend:

Systems engineers, project managers, integrated product team members involved with any aspect of system engineering and analysis, especially design and development, test and evaluation of CubeSats.

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

Course Agenda

  • DAY 1
    • Intro to Space Systems Engineering
    • Overview of the NanoMet and the EyasSAT3 System of Interest
    • Conceptual Space Mission Design
    • Pre-Phase A/Phase A Planning
    • Essential Design Review Products
    • Project Scope Definition*
    • Introduction to Model-based Systems Engineering Tools and Techniques
  • Day 2
    • Requirements Engineering
    • Functional Analysis
    • Model-based NanoMet MCR/SRR/SDR*
    • Orbit Design
    • NanoMet orbit analysis using Systems Tool Kit (STK)*
    • Spacecraft Subsystems and Sizing
  • Day 3
    • Phase B Planning
      • Essential PDR Products
      • Spacecraft Design*
    • Model-based NanoMet PDR*
    • Preparing for Space System Verification
    • Verification in Space Environment
    • Phase C/D Planning
      • Essential CDR Products
    • Model-based NanoMet CDR*
    • NanoMet Test Plan Review*
  • Day 4
    • NanoMet payload and subsystem verification events*
    • NanoMet Integration events*
    • NanoMet Integrated verification and validation events*
    • NanoMet simulated operational events*
    • Course Review and Wrap-up *Guided Hands-on Exercises


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