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Space Systems Engineering Fundamentals Training by Tonex

Space Software Engineering Workshop by Tonex

Space systems engineering is important because it 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.

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.

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.

Space systems engineers are part of the spacecraft program lifecycle from start to finish, including designing, building, testing, and, sometimes, deploying the spacecraft.

Space systems engineering trends are significant and need the attention of current as well as new personnel involved in the space sector.

Smart propulsion, space robotics, and space traffic management are gaining traction. AI has also become an important modality.

From autonomous systems and data analysis to planetary exploration and beyond, industry use cases showcase the remarkable impact of AI in the realm of space systems engineering.

One of the most popular industry use cases is SpaceX which has deployed an AI autopilot system for its Falcon 9 spacecraft. It allows the rocket to perform extraordinary autonomous feats, like flawless docking with the International Space Station (ISS).

This intelligent system calculates intricate trajectories, considering factors like fuel consumption, atmospheric disturbances, and even the peculiar movement of liquids within the engine.

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).

Learning Objectives: By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Comprehend the fundamental principles and concepts of space systems engineering.
  • Apply systems engineering methodologies to the design and development of space systems.
  • Analyze the unique challenges and constraints of space missions and projects.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in spacecraft subsystems, mission planning, and integration.
  • Evaluate risk management strategies and techniques specific to space systems.
  • Collaborate effectively within interdisciplinary teams to solve complex space engineering problems.

Audience: This course is ideal for:

  • Engineers and scientists interested in transitioning into the space industry.
  • Space systems engineers seeking to enhance their skills and knowledge.
  • Project managers responsible for space-related initiatives.
  • Government and military personnel involved in space program management.
  • Space enthusiasts and students aspiring to pursue a career in space engineering.
  • Professionals from aerospace and defense industries looking to expand their expertise into the space domain.

Course Outline:

Introduction to Space Systems Engineering

  • The Space Environment
  • Space System Lifecycle
  • Key Roles in Space Projects
  • Overview of Systems Engineering
  • Space Systems Challenges
  • International Collaboration in Space Projects

Spacecraft Subsystems

  • Propulsion Systems
  • Power and Energy Management
  • Communication Systems
  • Thermal Control
  • Attitude Control and Dynamics
  • Payload and Instrumentation

Space Mission Planning

  • Mission Objectives and Requirements
  • Orbit Selection and Analysis
  • Launch Vehicle Selection
  • Payload Integration and Testing
  • Mission Operations and Control
  • Spacecraft Decommissioning

Systems Engineering Methodologies

  • Requirements Analysis and Management
  • Concept of Operations (ConOps) Development
  • Design and Integration
  • Verification and Validation
  • Configuration Management
  • System Safety and Reliability

Risk Management in Space Systems

  • Identifying Space-specific Risks
  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation
  • Contingency Planning
  • Case Studies in Space Mission Failures
  • Lessons Learned from Past Missions
  • Regulatory and Ethical Considerations in Space

Interdisciplinary Team Collaboration

  • Effective Communication in Space Projects
  • Cross-functional Team Dynamics
  • Problem-Solving and Decision-Making
  • Conflict Resolution in Space Engineering
  • Project Management in Space Systems
  • Final Project: Space System Design Simulation


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