Human Spaceflight and Mission Design (APPEL-HSMD)
This course is designed for NASA's technical workforce, including engineers, systems engineers and project personnel involved in creating overall mission architectures, detailed design and the operation of systems.
This three-day workshop focuses on creating a phased, conceptual design for complete Earth-orbiting, lunar, and Mars manned missions. It provides an overview of human space exploration including the vision for the future, objectives and strategies, as well as a view of upcoming technologies and missions.
An integrated example of a Lunar Base Mission is used throughout the course to illustrate each of the design areas covered. This example enables hands-on, practical experience in applying the information and tools provided. The course involves real-world design exercises aimed at helping participants apply the techniques and guidelines presented once they return to work. All participants receive a complete set of course notes and the authoritative text Human Spaceflight
by Giffen and Pranke.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Interpret and convert space mission objectives, requirements, and constraints into visible and costeffective operations concepts.
- Develop and apply hazards and mitigation techniques.
- Explain the physiology of space flight, human factors, and psychological aspects.
- Describe a process-oriented approach for creating cost-effective space missions.
- Describe the key functions that must be performed for mission operations.
- Apply effective methodology for translating space mission objectives, requirements, and designs into viable and cost-effective operations concepts.
- Explain the interrelationships and trade-offs between system design and mission operation.
Competencies and Technical Areas Addressed
- Agency Structure and Goals
- Mission Design
- System Architecture