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2015/2016 Aerospace Engineering Master Aerospace Engineering
Space Systems Engineering
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Prof.dr. E.K.A. Gill    E.K.A.Gill@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
Education Period
Start Education
Exam Period
Course Language
Expected prior knowledge
General engineering knowledge at completed BSc level. Specifically,AE1101 + AE1102 + AE3201, or similar
1. Introducing Space Systems Engineering
2. Designing Systems
2 a. Identifying stakeholder needs
2 b. Generating, evaluating and selecting concepts
2 c. Tutorial I
2 d. From stakeholder expectations to technical system requirements
2 e. Logical decomposition and design solution
2 f. Estimating lifecycle costs
2 g. Managing technical risk
3. Integrating Systems
3 a. Integrating the system
3 b. Verifying and validating
3 c. System roll-out & lessons learnt
3 d. Tutorial II
4. Managing the Systems Engineering Process
5. Managing the technical effort
6. Managing interfaces and configuration; Conclusions
Course Contents
The course covers advanced Space System Engineering demonstrated through examples from current space programs. It introduces a process which allows the creation of successful products, such as space applications, space missions and systems. Methods and tools are presented and exercised which will improve the depth and breadth of Space Systems Engineering graduate level education at the TU Delft by emphasizing the need for the end-to-end approach and life cycle of space systems. The interrelationships between systems engineering and project management, programmatics, cost and risk in the development of space projects are demonstrated at various occasions during the course. Upon completion, the student will have a firm understanding of advanced Systems Engineering and be able to apply methods and tools which help to create successful products.
Study Goals
The course mission is to enable students to realize a successful space system in an end-to-end Systems Engineering approach. There are four high-level learning objectives:
1. Participants shall be able to explain the objectives and tasks of Systems Engineering for realizing successful systems together with their needs, potentials, benefits and limitations in a context which comprises Business Engineering and Management.
2. Participants shall be able to use Systems Engineering methods and tools to solve practical real-world problems when engineering a space system.
3. Participants shall be able to design an end-to-end Systems Engineering process demonstrating a smart balance of cost, schedule, performance and risk.
4. Participants shall be able to analyze and critically review a Systems Engineering topic in terms of its relevance, completeness, and feasibility.
Education Method
Lectures, partly given by professionals from space area
Tutorials to practice taught material
Assignment, to be done by students in small groups and individual report
The assignment and individual report together with the written exam comprise the formal course close-out.
Literature and Study Materials
Optional: Larson W., Kirkpatrick D., Sellers J.J., Thomas L.D., Verma D. (eds.); Applied Space Systems Engineering, Space Technology Series, McGrawHill (2009)
Required: Lecture Notes AE4-S12 Space Systems Engineering.
Written exam + 1 group assignment + 1 individual homework; all mandatory. Presence in a minimum of 10 lectures and tutorials is required to be admitted to the exam.
Permitted Materials during Tests
The exam is an open-book exam. Use of lecture notes and laptop are allowed. Wireless communication with electronic devices is NOT allowed.
Enrolment / Application
Students have to enroll via the Blackboard site of the course. Professionals are welcome to the course. Conditions for participation and registration are available with the secretary of the Chair of Space Systems Engineering (www.sse.lr.tudelft.nl).
The course comprises lectures, guest lectures, tutorials, group work and individual homework.