Mars Mission and Systems Design Lab (APPEL-MMSD)
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 four-day lab is designed to provide real-life experience conceptualizing and designing space missions to Mars or the moon. This 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 development of mission operations concepts and ground infrastructure capabilities.
A variety of learning methods are used, including lecture, group discussion, exercises and videos. Participants will be introduced to various demonstrations using a CD for Satellite Tool Kit with a temporary full-use license. Hands-on exercises introduce the Space Mission Analysis and Design Software Tool, specifically tailored to Mars or the moon.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate space systems engineering processes.
- Formulate development strategies for systems engineering management, technical integrity, and technical leadership..
- Assemble all the elements of a mission successfully through a process of integration.
- Set up a process to refine requirements and define parameters to meet mission objectives at acceptable costs and risk.
- Apply processes in a nonthreatening environment.
- Apply systems-level thinking to projects.
Competencies and Technical Areas Addressed
- Mission Design
- System Architecture
- Systems Engineering