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Space Systems Engineering Fundamentals

In space systems engineering, a systems engineer has to be able to work across multiple disciplines (computers & software, electronics, power, thermal, structural) to be able to design systems that perform the intended function reliably, for a reasonable cost.

Add “space” to the equation, and the general job description doesn’t change much, but the intended function (fly in space), and the reasonable cost (high) are significantly different from most terrestrial engineering jobs.

Engineering is engineering, right answers are right answers, but in space systems, the environment (vacuum, temperature extremes, radiation, launch vibration, acceleration, hypersonic ascent and entry) generate a lot of constraints that make the engineering solutions appear unusual compared to most other industries.

A space system engineer undergoes education in various engineering aspects related to space. It covers everything from satellites, launchers, from ground stations to orbital mechanics and also involves the mission planning.

Many separate elements go into making a space system, with individual subsystems developed by specialist teams.

Space systems engineering, however, focuses on the space system as a whole. Space systems engineers translate the needs from the users, design its architecture, define its building strategy and oversee the integration of subsystems to form the final result.

Generally, the design process in space system engineering is guided by considering what the space system engineer seeks to achieve.

Some would argue that because there can be so many potential solutions to each question, space systems engineering is as much an art as a science. In reality there are always a multitude of decisions and trade-offs made between the different options in terms of performance, risk, cost, reliability and turnaround time, among other factors.

The design team includes experts on the various technical disciplines involved to advise on their integration into the overall design.

Why is space systems engineering important? It’s important because space systems engineering effectively gives birth to missions such as those presented by NASA. A space systems engineer has the pivotal responsibility of  turning an initial idea into a full system description, with all necessary elements integrated into a complete whole.

Space Systems Engineering Fundamentals Course By Tonex

Space Systems Engineering Fundamentals is a 2-day course introducing participants to the fundamental principles of systems engineering applied to development of space systems.

Participants learn about project and systems engineering management, concept definition, stakeholders management, developing ConOps, trade studies, requirements analysis and engineering, system architecture and interface definition, system synthesis, engineering design, integration, verification and validation, operations/sustainability and system retirement (DEMIL).

Space Systems Engineering Fundamentals

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