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ATI's Design of Low Cost Space Missions course

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    This is four-day class provides real cost data on a variety of missions, systems, and subsystems. Each student will be provided with a copy of Reducing Space Mission Cost for his or her own professional reference library.

    Reducing Space Mission Cost is the first complete treatment of the technology, process, and problems in the most critical area of modern spaceflight. The demand to reduce cost is unrelenting. This pioneering book addresses all aspects of this problem, including:

    • Technology and processes for reducing cost
    • Cost reduction in mission engineering, spacecraft design, manufacture, launch, and operations
    • Implementation methods and problems
    • The price of reducing cost
    • 10 detailed case studies of what works in practice



    Edward L. Keith is a multi-discipline Launch Vehicle System Engineer, specializing in the integration of launch vehicle technology, design, and business strategies. He is currently conducting business case strategic analysis, risk reduction and modeling for the Boeing Space Launch Initiative Reusable Launch Vehicle team. For the past five years, Ed has supported the technical and business case efforts at Boeing to advance the state-of-the-art for reusable launch vehicles. Mr. Keith has designed complete rocket engines, rocket vehicles, small propulsion systems, and composite propellant tank systems, especially designed for low cost, as a propulsion and launch vehicle engineer. His travels have taken him to Russia, China, Australia and many other launch operation centers throughout the world. Mr. Keith has worked as a Systems Engineer for Rockwell International, on the Brillant Eyes Satellite Program and on the Space Shuttle Advanced Solid Rocket Motor project. Mr. Keith served for five years with Aerojet in Australia, evaluating all space mission operations that originated in the Eastern Hemisphere. Mr. Keith also served for five years on Launch Operations at Vandenberg AFB, California. Mr. Keith has written 18 papers on various aspects of Low Cost Space Transportation over the last decade.

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    What You Will Learn:

    • The role of low-cost space mission in economic hard times
    • Process changes to reduce cost
    • Technology to reduce cost
    • Reducing mission cost for spacecraft, payload, ground segment and operations, and launch
    • Avoiding or minimizing cost overruns
    • Cost modeling
    • Reliability
    • Case study experiences
    • Implementation strategies and problems X- Methods for reducing launch cost

    Course Outline:

    1. Introductions
    2. The role of low-cost space missions in economic hard times
    3. The Soyuz Capsule Integration Case Study
    4. Space Transportation as a cost driver
    5. Incentives to succeed or fail
    6. Process changes to reduce cost
      • Integrating a Multi-Discipline Team
      • Modeling to understand consequences of decisions
    7. Technology to reduce costs
      • Technology and the Solid State Revolution
      • Technology and Mass Properties
      • Technology and Cost relationships
    8. Reducing mission cost for:
      • The spacecraft,
      • The payload,
      • The ground segment
    9. Space Transportation from launch to orbit
    10. Mission Operations
    11. Avoiding or minimizing cost overruns
      • Realistic Requirements
      • Better Trade Studies
      • Cost and Schedule Tracking
    12. Risk Management
      • From cartoons to probabilities


    This course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses. If you are interested in attending this or another course as open enrollment, please contact us at (410) 956-8805 or at and indicate the course name and number of students who wish to participate. ATI typically schedules open enrollment courses with a lead time of 3-5 months. Group courses can be presented at your facility at any time. For on-site pricing, request an on-site quote. You may also call us at (410) 956-8805 or email us at

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