ATI's Risk Assessment for Space Flight course
This course is for those who need to understand the
realities of risk-taking in space projects that face tight
schedule and budget constraints. Informed risk
management is now a vital part of mission design and
tradeoff analysis. Project personnel must anticipate the
risk drivers and mitigate them in order to support the
hard choices to meet cost and schedule goals without
compromising mission objectives.
The fundamentals of risk assessment and decision
making in the face of uncertainty will be covered,
including technical schedule, cost risk, and
programmatic risk. Tools and techniques, including
available PC software for risk assessment will be
covered. Risk issues covered include: mission design;
performance and test margins; parts, materials, and
component choices; tradeoffs in weight, Ps, life,
redundancy. Practical examples and lessons learned.
The final day will be spent on installing and applying
risk management methods.
NASA risk management policy documents and resources are reviewed with
example applications. Lessons learned from both commercial and NASA projects
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What You Will Learn:
- Fundamentals of risk management for space projects.
- Tools and techniques to plan, mitigate, and trace risks
from the early phase of system engineering to final in-orbit
- Practical choices for parts, material, components and
how these relate to risk.
- Software development risk and ways to mitigate it.
- What others are doing to cope with risk factors, from
single-satellite missions to full constellations.
- Spacecraft testing options and what they mean in terms
- NASA approaches to risk management.
- Lessons learned.
- How to apply risk management plans and assessment
- Introduction. Definitions, background, and objectives of this course.
- Risk Assessment Concepts. Qualitative, quantitative definitions. Risk
Components: Technical, Schedule, Cost, programmatic, political.
Measures of risk. System Engineering Management Guide definition of
- Risk Identification. Recognize symptoms. Unrealistic specifications and
margins in design and test the role of reliability analyses and FMEA
(failure modes and effects analyses). Fault trees. Insurance issues: how
underwriters evaluate risk in setting premium rates. Cost and weight
reduction and its effect on risk. Examples.
- Risk Analysis Techniques. NASA methods, NMI 7120.4, requirements
and intent DOD 4245.7 templates, Analytic hierarchy process.
- Information Gathering. Expert interviews. Structured questionnaires.
Industry alerts. Lessons learned from other projects.
- Known Technical Risks. Redundancy calculations. Test margins. Parts,
materials, and component selection. In-orbit hazards: Radiation, Single-event
Effects, S/C charging, In-orbit debris. Launch-related risk issues.
Software risks and how to handle them. Make vs buy.
- Risk Analysis. Risk modeling. PC tools for risk simulations: Crystal Ball,
Prima Vera Monte Carlo.
- Risk Mitigation. Trading-off performance, redundancy, probability for
survival, weight, and life. Determination of cost and schedule reserve
using statistical tools available from PERT and Monte-Carlo simulations.
Back-off positions. Parallel paths. Examples from commercial and
- New Approaches in Risk Management. The role of testing. Optimizing
test programs for more bang-for-the-buck. New attitudes in the industry
regarding short-cuts. What other satellite programs are doing.
- Applications of Theory to Shared Experiences. Risk management as
practiced at NASA. What's been done. Future needs.
- Shared Experiences Learned from Flight Projects. Case studies from
Landsat, Hubble Space Telescope and other projects.
- The Changing Nature of Risk Assessment. Phase A: Preliminary
Analysis, Phase B: Definition, Phase C/D: Design and Development.
Phase E: Operations.
- Available NASA Resource. On Orbit Anomaly Reporting. Resource
Analysis Office. NASA Lessons Learned Database.
- Application of Theory to Shared Experiences. Wrap up of lessons
learned based on the project experiences. Recommendations for space
project risk management.
- Installing and Applying Risk Management Methods. Developing risk
management plans and assessment criteria, establishing risk baselines,
establishing mitigation actions and contingency planning, monitoring and
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.