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Human Spaceflight and Mission Design (APPEL-vHSMD)


  • Systems Engineering & Engineering
    Systems Engineering & Engineering

Skill Level: Open to all.

The course involves real-world design exercises aimed at helping participants apply the techniques and guidelines presented once they return to work. An integrated example of a Lunar Base Mission is used throughout the course to illustrate each of the design areas covered.

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.

APPEL Library Resource

NASA Galaxie Library NASA Galaxie Library
All supplemental resources are NASA accessible only unless otherwise noted.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Interpret and convert space mission objectives, requirements, and constraints into visible and cost effective operations concepts.
  • Develop and apply hazards and mitigation techniques.
  • Explain the physiology of space flight, human factors, and psychological aspects.
  • Describe a process-oriented approach for creating cost-effective space missions.
  • Describe the key functions that must be performed for mission operations.
  • Apply effective methodology for translating space mission objectives, requirements, and designs into viable and cost-effective operations concepts.
  • Explain the interrelationships and trade-offs between system design and mission operation.