Science Mission Systems Design and Operations Lab (APPEL-SMSDO Lab)
This course is designed for NASA's technical workforce, including engineers, systems engineers and project personnel involved in creating overall mission architectures, detailed designs, and the operation of systems.
This four-day lab is designed to provide real-life experience for conceptualizing and designing space missions. The lab provides an integrated view of space mission design and operations, from conceptual design and requirements definition through spacecraft design, development, test and launch, to mission operations concepts and ground infrastructure design.
Participants will be given a bona fide, real-life mission objective and divided into competing groups or teams to conceptually design a mission to meet the objectives at an acceptable lifecycle cost. Other learning methods include lectures, group discussions, demonstrations, and videos. All participants receive a complete set of course notes, the authoritative text Space Mission Analysis and Design
by Larson and Wertz, and an integrated software tool for performing detailed space mission design.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Describe and apply an integrated approach to space mission design and operations.
- Develop mission concepts and supporting architectures to meet specific mission objectives.
- Develop effective techniques for providing customers and stakeholders with space mission concepts and architecture in the most cost-effective manner possible.
- Apply an effective methodology for translating space mission objectives, requirements, and designs into viable and cost-effective operations concepts.
Competencies and Technical Areas Addressed
- Mission Design
- System Architecture
- Systems Engineering