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Exploring the Value of MBSE at NASA

Three new APPEL Knowledge Services courses help NASA’s technical workforce understand the benefits and applications of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). 

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In the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at JSC, engineers used fake smoke to simulate an emergency scenario in the Orion spacecraft. Astronauts then explored a scenario in which they exited the capsule while their vision was obscured. Credit: NASA/James Blair
EM-1 and EM-2 Make Progress Across NASA and the Nation

At centers across NASA, the agency is rocketing ahead toward Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) and Exploration Mission 2 (EM-2). 

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At the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Mission Operations Control Center, NASA officials discuss the problems with the micrometeroid shield on Skylab. From left to right, they include Jack Kinzler, whose Skylab sunshield solution earned him the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, along with William Schneider, Maxim Faget, Dale Myers, JSC Director Chris Kraft, and Kenneth Kleinknecht. Credit: NASA
This Month in NASA History: Skylab was Saved

Forty-five years ago this month, a crew of three NASA astronauts set off to rescue the first U.S. space station: Skylab.

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The Coronavirus pandemic forced APPEL Knowledge Services to cancel all face-to-face training and convert more than 80 percent of its courses—such as this one, Cognitive Bias in Engineering Decision-Making with instructor Matthew Kohut—to virtual delivery. Credit: NASA/Donna Wilson
Leveraging Lessons Learned to Drive Mission Success

With a new category of courses, APPEL Knowledge Services is utilizing NASA’s wealth of organizational knowledge to help practitioners advance mission success. 

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Mark Geyer Photo Credit: NASA
Critical Knowledge inSight: Complexity in International Partnerships

NASA has learned many lessons about working with international partners during the International Space Station (ISS) Program.

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: After Math – Foamology and Flight Rationale
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: After Math – Foamology and Flight Rationale

After math solutions left question marks in the aftermath of the Space Shuttle Columbia accident, the Space Shuttle Program faced challenges due to the complexity of analyzing foam and system behavior.

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Artist’s concept depicting the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator X-plane. Credit: NASA
NASA Surges Forward with 21st-Century X-Plane

With the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator (LBFD), the first quiet supersonic X-plane, NASA intends to collect novel data in order to transform commercial supersonic aviation. 

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Members of the highly effective Apollo 13 team applaud the successful splashdown of the command module “Odyssey.” The group includes three of the four Apollo 13 flight directors (from left to right): Gerald D. Griffin, Eugene F. Kranz, and Glynn S. Lunney. In addition, Dr. Robert R. Gilruth, director, Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) and Dr. Christopher C. Kraft Jr., MSC deputy director, light up cigars (upper left). Credit: NASA
Supporting Effective Teamwork at NASA

What do all NASA projects have in common? Their success depends on teams of skilled professionals working together to solve problems and deliver results. 

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Image, captured by an onboard camera, of TESS separating from the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster. Credit: NASA
Agency Launches Full-Sky Exoplanet Hunter

On April 18, 2018, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) rocketed away from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to accelerate the agency’s search for life beyond Earth. 

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