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Sytems Engineering Best Practices

ATI's Planetary Mission Exploration Success course

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      This three-day course is designed for aerospace engineers, and managers who wish to enhance their understanding of how planetary mission success can be facilitated by implementing high-quality systems engineering practices of Requirements Engineering, Risk Management, and Verification Synthesis. During this course each systems engineering best practices' methodology is explored and its mission success connection is illustrated by relevant examples or by using published data.


      Nancy J. Lindsey has spent 20+ years in aviation and aerospace engineering performing a variety of engineering tasks across the entire gamut of space vehicle life cycles and program types (civil, defense & commercial) and she is currently involved with the ISRU capability road-mapping committee on lunar habitat construction.

      As a seasoned aviation and aerospace systems engineering professional she has expertise in launch vehicle integration analyses, spacecraft design, operations, and launch support, mission success/safety analyses, flight environmental analyses, and risk/failure analyses.

      Mrs. Lindsey has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering and Computer Science and a Masters of Science degree in Space Studies. She is a published researcher with her latest work: Lunar Station Protection: Lunar Regolith Shielding (AAS-03-720), released at the International Lunar Conference ILC2003/ILEWG5, 2003.

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    What You Will Learn:

    • What is an effective/valid requirement?
    • What are the planetary environmental mechanisms that must be considered for any planetary mission?
    • How to use systems engineering analysis to ensure mission success in a planetary mission.
    • How to evaluate designs and operations based on systems engineering best practices for mission success.

    From this course you will obtain the knowledge and ability to manage system requirements and risks to ensure mission success, interact meaningfully with colleagues, evaluate systems, and understand related analyses.

    Course Outline:

    1. Introduction - System Engineering's role in mission success assurance
      • Best Practices Overview

    2. Requirements Engineering
      • Requirement Derivation
        • Why derive requirements?
        • What is a requirement?
      • Requirement Validation
        • Evaluate Requirement Decomposition and Traceability
      • Exercises & Common Pitfalls

    3. Risk Management
      • Risk Quantification
        • Why quantify risks? - Benefits and Value
        • Design Analysis/Threat Assessment - FMEA, Single Point Failure Analyses, etc.
        • Environmental Analysis/Threat Assessment using the Moon as a reference system
        • Systematic Analysis/Threat Assessment - Collision Analyses, Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA), etc.
        • Programmatic Analysis/Threat Assessment - Independent Management Plan Assessments, Decision Analyses, etc.
        • Operational Risk/Hazard Quantification
      • Risk Control - Mitigation, Tracking, Tolerance, Refinement or waivers?
      • Exercises & Common Pitfalls

    4. Verification Synthesis
      • Evaluate system designs/performance
        • Test or Analyses decisions
        • Synthesis - Documentation, Documentation, Documentation
        • Refinement or waivers?
      • Exercises & Common Pitfalls

    5. Summary
      • Mission Success is a process not a result- Lessons Learned, knowledge management- interaction of best practices throughout life cycles.


      Tuition for this three-day course is $1740 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to