OPS 101: System Engineering for Human Space Flight

OPS 101: System Engineering for Human Space Flight


    Course Description

    This course covers the roles and responsibilities of the Systems Engineer in supporting the concepts, planning, design, test, verification, operations, and disposal of aerospace systems. The course covers classical Systems Engineering processes with emphasis on spaceflight vehicles and will include assignments to introduce the students to the skills required for successful spacecraft design.


    The purpose of this course is to expose the student to the role of the Systems Engineer in the spacecraft development process and to provide an introduction to Systems Engineering as applied to spacecraft and space systems development. Additionally, the course will provide the students an overview of Systems Engineering methods and tools and an understanding of why Systems Engineering is important to program success.

    Course Performance Objectives:

    Upon completion of this course the students will be able to

    1. Describe the role of the Systems Engineer in spacecraft development
    2. Define the project lifecycle and describe the Systems Engineer’s role in each phase
    3. Understand and demonstrate the importance of good requirements development
    4. Understand and demonstrate mission analysis, systems functional analysis, and hazard analysis.
    5. Understand and demonstrate test and verification planning
    6. Understand and demonstrate Master Planning and Scheduling.
    7. Understand and demonstrate Technical and Risk management principles


    Text-Book and Materials

    NASA Systems Engineering Handbook

    NASA/SP-2016-6105 Rev 2




    Week 1: Role of the Systems Engineer and the Systems Engineering Process

    Week 2: Program Lifecycles and Phases- Products and Reviews

    Week 3: Analyzing stakeholder needs and concept definition

    Week 4: Technical Management: Planning the Work and Master Schedules

    Week 5 Risk Management

    Week 6: System Integration: Requirements Development and Flowdown

    Week 7: System Analysis and Design

    Week 8: Design Downsize and Production

    Week 9: Test and Verification

    Week 10: Deployment, Operations and Disposal

    Week 11: Risk Management

    Week 12: Project presentations

    2021 Course Schedule


    17apr(apr 17)6:30 pm21(apr 21)5:00 pmPoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 2001 and 2002

    19apr(apr 19)8:00 am23(apr 23)5:00 pm2020 PoSSUM Academy - Red Sprite Group

    24apr(apr 24)6:30 pm28(apr 28)5:00 pmPoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 2003 and 2101

    26apr(apr 26)8:00 am30(apr 30)5:00 pm2020 PoSSUM Academy - Blue Jet Group


    01may8:00 am05(may 5)5:00 pmOPS 102 Spacecraft Egress and Rescue Operations On-SiteOn-site compliment to OPS 102 course providing aircraft egress and sea survial training to complement post-landing human space flight system engineering instruction

    06may(may 6)8:00 am09(may 9)5:00 pmFeaturedBIO 104: Advanced Egress - Spacesuit Landing and Post-Landing Testing

    10may(may 10)8:00 am12(may 12)5:00 pmOPS 104 On-Site Mission Simulation TrainingOn-Site compliment to OPS 104 Orbital Mechanics and Mission Simulation using the IIAS Orion simulator to provide high-fidelity simulation of ISS rendezvous and docking missions.

    13may(may 13)8:00 am16(may 16)5:00 pmEVA 105 Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory EVA Operations CampaignOn-Site compliment to EVA 105 Fundamentals of Underwater EVA Operations using the IIAS Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. This NAUI-certified prepares on to evaluate actual EVA space suits in analog underwater conditions.

    17may(may 17)8:00 am21(may 21)5:00 pmFeaturedBIO 103 Microgravity Research CampaignMicrogravity Research Campaign supporting the IIAS BIO 103 Program

    25may(may 25)8:00 am28(may 28)5:00 pmEVA 102 Operational Space Medicine Field CampaignField component to cover wilderness medicine in extreme environments, culminating with a 4-day on-site lab portion devoted to triage, scenarios and skills pertaining to wilderness medicine

    29may01junEVA 103 Planetary Field Geology Field CampaignEVA 103 course covers the requirements and design considerations for EVA systems and tools for conducting planetary field geology


    06jun(jun 6)8:00 am12(jun 12)5:00 pmFTE 102 Fixed-Wing Performance Flight Test CampaignOn-Site compliment to FTE 102 Fixed-Wing Performance Flight Testing using Turbo Mooney aircraft.

    13jun(jun 13)8:00 am19(jun 19)5:00 pmFTE 103 Fixed-Wing Stability and Control Flight Test CampaignOn-Site compliment to the FTE 102 Fixed-Wing Stability and Control Flight Test Course using Turbo Mooney, Piper Twin, and Pitts S2B aircraft.


    10julAll Day20FeaturedAER 103 Noctilucent Cloud Imagery Field Research CampaignField campaign as part of AER 103, Airborne Noctilucent Cloud Imagery course to study noctilucent cloud formations through coordinated ground, airborne, and balloon observations.


    01nov8:00 am05(nov 5)5:00 pmFeaturedEVA 104 Gravity-Offset EVA Space Suit Evaluation CampaignGravity-offset research campaign to evaluate the Final Frontier Design EVA space suit by applying the tools and techniques developed through EVA 102 and EVA 103 courses

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