16.892J / ESD.353J Space System Architecture and Design

As taught in: Fall 2004

A computer rendering of the infrared interferometer in space.

The Terrestrial Planet Finder formation-flying infrared interferometer, set to launch before 2020. The TPF served as an example for the class discussion on tradespace exploration. (Image courtesy of NASA's Web site.)




Prof. Daniel Hastings

Course Features

Course Description

Space System Architecture and Design incorporates lectures, readings and discussion on topics in the architecting of space systems. The class reviews existing space system architectures and the classical methods of designing them. Sessions focus on multi-attribute utility theory as a new design paradigm for space systems, when combined with integrated concurrent engineering and efficient searches of large architectural tradespaces. Designing for flexibility and uncertainty is considered, as are policy and product development issues.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .xls.