Space systems engineering is a diverse field with important civilian and military applications. This three-day conference brings together space systems engineering practitioners from military and civilian laboratories, industry and academia with a focus on systems engineering methodology, applications and education. The conference is designed to include short courses, plenary speakers, technical sessions, and a social event. The plenary talks and technical sessions focus on the development of system engineering methods and their space applications, including the rapidly emerging use of simulation tools to permit the quick and inexpensive evaluation of a vast array of space systems alternatives. Student sessions showcase the work of both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as encourage new students to explore the space systems field. A student paper prize is awarded.

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  • First Annual Space Systems Engineering Conference. Papers listing 

    Georgia Institute of Technology. Space Systems Design Lab (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-09)
    A listing of all papers and presentations from the First Space Systems Engineering Conference held in Atlanta Georgia, November 8-11, 2005. Additional materials: agenda and map from the conference ; pre conference flyer
  • The Space Propulsion Sizing Program 

    Scher, Michael D.; North, David (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-10)
    The Space Propulsion Sizing Program is an advanced tool to facilitate vehicle design and broad system-level trade studies. It was designed to provide a simple and reliable means for rapid propulsion trade studies during ...
  • An Auction Algorithm for Optimal Satellite Refueling 

    Salazar, Alexandros; Tsiotras, Panagiotis (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-10)
    Satellite refueling can extend the lifetime of satellite constellations. Peer-to-peer satellite refueling in particular has the potential to make the most efficient use of the fuel contained in the constellation by ...
  • Design and Operation of Micro-Gravity Dynamics and Controls Laboratories 

    Saenz-Otero, Alvar; Miller, David W. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-10)
    The cost and complexity of maturing spacecraft dynamics and controls technology increases dramatically as the developer needs to demonstrate functionality in the space environment. Due to the high cost and infrequent ...
  • A Solar-Powered Near Earth Object Resource Extractor 

    Rangedera, Thilini; Vanmali, Ravi; Shah, Nilesh; Zaidi, Waqar; Komerath, Narayanan Menon (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-10)
    This paper is an offshoot of a project to study means of forming massive radiationshielded structures using Near Earth Object (NEO) materials. The topic is the conceptual design of a solar-powered robotic craft to land ...
  • Analysis of JPL Mission Cost Estimate Drivers 

    Sebastian, Tommy (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-10)
    An analysis of JPL cost estimate drivers. To give a better idea of true costs, all values were converted to fiscal year 2005 ; the NASA New Start Inflation Index (2005) was used. The context was generated primarily from ...
  • NASA's Exploration Architecture 

    Stanley, Douglas O. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-09)
    Presentation of NASA’s long and short range plans for space exploration: Complete the International Space Station; Safely fly the Space Shuttle until 2010 ; Develop and fly the Crew Exploration Vehicle no later than 2014 ...
  • MER: Stealing Success from the Jaws of Failure 

    Manning, Robert M. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-09)
    Describes mission planning and vehicle designs for MER, the Mars Exploration Rovers. The Mars Exploration Rover mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. ...
  • Using Systems Engineering to Develop Responsive Logistics for Future Space Missions 

    Bennett, Gisele; O'Neill, Gary S. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-09)
    The goal of establishing a long term manned presence on the Moon and eventual exploration of Mars brings the practice of logistics to a whole new level. We describe an approach to logistics as a 'system of systems' that ...
  • System Architecture Tools and Assumptions 

    Reeves, David M.; Scher, Michael D.; Shidner, Jeremy; Thomas, Paige D.; Bucher, Dean; Roithmayr, Carlos (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-09)
    Discussion of various system architecture tools and assumptions available to modify existing architectures for new requirements and mission objectives. This study started from proven Apollo concept and adjusted it for new ...
  • Planetary Probe Entry, Descent, and Landing Systems: Technology Advancements, Cost, and Mass Evaluations with Application to Future Titan Exploration Missions 

    Ong, Chester; Bieber, Ben S.; Needham, Jennifer; Huo, Bing; Magee, Angela; Montuori, Craig; Ko, Chiwan; Peterson, Craig (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-10)
    Heritage is the double-edged sword in space systems engineering. Reliance on heritage can ensure redundant success but will diminish advancements in science and technology that are integral to the success of future ...
  • Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV) Independent Performance Evaluation 

    Young, David Anthony; Krevor, Zachary C.; Tanner, Christopher; Thompson, Robert W.; Wilhite, Alan W. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-09)
    The crew launch vehicle is a new NASA launch vehicle design proposed by the Exploration Systems Architecture Study (ESAS) to provide reliable transportations of humans and cargo from the earth’s surface to low earth orbit ...
  • Designing Sustainable Launch Systems: Flexibility, Lock-In and System Evolution 

    Silver, Matthew; De Weck, Olivier (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-09)
    NASA has recently made the decision to develop a heavy lift launch system with Shuttle- Derived components, but myriad questions remain about technical design and development strategy. The complexity of heavy lift launch ...
  • The Apollo Lunar Orbit Rendezvous Architecture Decision Revisited 

    Reeves, David M.; Scher, Michael D.; Wilhite, Alan W.; Stanley, Douglas O. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-09)
    The 1962 Apollo architecture mode decision process was revisited with modern analysis and systems engineer tools to determine driving selection criteria and technology/operational mode design decisions that may be used ...
  • Mars-back Approach to Moon-Mars Exploration System Commonality 

    Wooster, Paul D.; Hofstetter, Wilfried; Crawley, Edward F. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-09)
    The Mars-back approach entails the development of a common system for the exploration of Moon and Mars by first looking at the requirements placed upon the system by the Mars exploration case and then projecting the ...
  • Systems Engineering Principles Applied to Basic Research and Development 

    Anderson, Norman C.; Nolte, William (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-10)
    Systems engineering principles and processes have grown out of the need to effectively manage complex programs, many of them for the acquisition of operational military systems. These multi-billion dollar programs truly ...
  • Design and Systems Engineering of AFRL's Demonstration and Sciences Experiment 

    Cohen, Dan; Spanjers, Gregory; Winter, James; Ginet, Gregory; Dichter, Bronislaw; Adler, Aaron; Tolliver, Martin (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-10)
    The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate has developed the Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) mission to research technologies needed to significantly advance Department of Defense ...
  • Aerobraking Cost/Risk Decisions 

    Spencer, David A.; Tolson, Robert (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-10)
    Three missions have successfully used aerobraking to reduce the spacecraft orbit period and achieve the desired orbit geometry. A fourth, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, will employ aerobraking following its orbit insertion ...
  • Ground System for the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) Mission Observatory Mission 

    Tann, Hun K.; Pages, Raymond J.; Silva, Christopher J. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-10)
    NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has recently completed its Critical Design Review (CDR) of a new dual Ka and S-band ground system for the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) Mission. SDO, the flagship mission under ...
  • DIRE - Dactyl-Ida Rendezvous Experiment 

    Pengelly, Stan; Adams, J. Brian; Platt, Donald (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-10)
    The purpose of this paper is to discuss, at the system level, a theoretical spacecraft and mission named DIRE (Dactyl-Ida Rendezvous Experiment). The spacecraft will travel to the asteroid pair Dactyl and Ida, which is ...

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