Accession Number:

ADA538763

Title:

International Space Station Systems Engineering. Case Study

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH CENTER FOR SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

123.0

Abstract:

The International Council on Systems Engineering INCOSE defines Systems Engineering SE as an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of successful systems. It focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the development cycle, documenting requirements, and then proceeding with design synthesis and system validation while considering the complete problem operations, performance, test, manufacturing, cost and schedule, training and support, and disposal. This case study on the International Space Station considers what many believe to have been the ultimate international engineering project in history. The initial plans involved the direct participation of 16 nations, 88 launches and over 160 spacewalks-more space activities than NASA had accomplished prior to the 1993 International Space Station decision. Probably more important was the significant leap in System Engineering SE execution that would be required to build and operate a multi-national space station. In a short period of time, NASA and its partners had to work out how to integrate culturally different SE approaches, designs, languages and operational perspectives on risk and safety.

Subject Categories:

  • Astronautics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE