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  • Systems Engineering & Engineering
    Systems Engineering & Engineering

Skill Level: Open to all.

This course is intended to provide practical, detailed approaches, and tools to analyze and design manned and unmanned and reusable and expendable launch vehicles for Earth and other planets. This includes architecture and configuration, payloads, and vehicle subsystems.

This course is designed for NASA’s technical workforce, including engineers, systems engineers, and project personnel involved in creating overall mission architectures, detailed designs, 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:

  • Identify practical tools and processes for the analysis and design of manned and unmanned, reusable, and expendable vehicles for Earth and other planets.
  • Describe a process-oriented approach for creating cost-effective space launch and transportation systems to meet broad, often poorly defined requirements.
  • Apply effective methodologies for translating space launch and transportation system (SLTS) objectives, requirements, and designs into viable and economical operations concepts.
  • Explain the components of space launch and transportation systems design and operations.
  • Define the parameters for evaluating the life-cycle cost of space launch and transportation systems.
  • Identify technical risks and mitigate them in the most cost-effective manner while maintaining the technical integrity of the vehicle(s) and infrastructure.
  • Describe launch operations functions that must be performed.
  • Describe the interrelationships and tradeoffs between system design and mission operations.