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Lectures (Video)

Space Shuttle Systems Engineering

Course Summary

This course is based on 16.885J / ESD.35J Aircraft Systems Engineering, Fall 2005 made available by Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.
This course focuses on a systems engineering analysis of the Space Shuttle. It offers study of both design and operations of the shuttle, with frequent lectures by outside experts. Topics include basic systems engineering; cost and weight estimation; basic aircraft performance; safety and reliability; lifecycle topics; aircraft subsystems; risk analysis and management; and system realization.
This course was administrated by shuttle astronaut and MIT Professor Jeff Hoffman and Professor Aaron Cohen, who was the Space Shuttle Orbiter Project Manager. Guest speakers provide the majority of the content in video lectures, discussing topics such as system design, accident investigation, and the future of NASA's space mission.

Reading Material

1. System Engineering Fundamentals
Defense Acquisition University Press. "System Engineering Fundamentals." January 2001. (PDF - 1.2 MB)

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Launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia
2. NASA's Exploration Architecture
NASA. "NASA's Exploration Architecture." (PDF - 2.6 MB)

3. Assured Access: 'The Bureaucratic Space War'
Aldridge, E. C. Pete, Jr. "Assured Access: 'The Bureaucratic Space War'." (PDF)

4. Structural Load Challenges During Space Shuttle Development
Mackey, Alden C., and Ralph E. Gatto. "Structural Load Challenges During Space Shuttle Development." (PDF)

5. Orbiter Structural Design and Verification
Glynn, Philip C., and Thomas L. Moser. "Orbiter Structural Design and Verification." (PDF)

6. Reliability Engineering of the Space Shuttle: Lessons Learned
Moser, Thomas L. "Reliability Engineering of the Space Shuttle: Lessons Learned." (PDF)

7. Shuttle Structural Dynamics Characteristics, The Analysis and Verification
Modlin, C. Thomas, Jr., and George A. Zupp, Jr. "Shuttle Structural Dynamics Characteristics, The Analysis and Verification." (PDF)

8. Space Shuttle Orbiter
Cohen, Aaron, and Milton A. Silveira. "Space Shuttle Orbiter." (PDF - 2.2 MB)

9. Sample Cost Projections (PDF)

10. Interfaces (PDF)

Course Material

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Other Resources

1. Space Shuttle Columbia: her missions and crews
Ben Evans, Space Shuttle Columbia: her missions and crews, Publisher: Springer Science & Business, 2005, ISBN 9780387215174
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