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


    07dec(dec 7)8:00 am11(dec 11)5:00 pmFeaturedBIO 103 Microgravity Research CampaignMicrogravity Research Campaign supporting the IIAS BIO 103 Program


    15jan(jan 15)6:30 pm20(jan 20)5:00 pmPoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 2001 and 2002

    18jan(jan 18)8:00 am22(jan 22)5:00 pm2020 PoSSUM Academy - Red Sprite Group

    22jan(jan 22)6:30 pm27(jan 27)5:00 pmPoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 2003

    25jan(jan 25)8:00 am29(jan 29)5:00 pm2020 PoSSUM Academy - Blue Jet Group

    30jan(jan 30)8:00 am03feb(feb 3)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


    04feb(feb 4)8:00 am08(feb 8)5:00 pmFeaturedBIO 104: Advanced Egress - Spacesuit Landing and Post-Landing Testing


    24apr(apr 24)8:00 am27(apr 27)3:00 pmEVA 103 Planetary Field Geology Field CampaignEVA 103 course covers the requirements and design considerations for EVA systems and tools for conducting planetary field geology

    28apr(apr 28)8:00 am02may(may 2)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


    03may(may 3)8:00 am07(may 7)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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