Space System Architecture and Design

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.)


MIT Course Number

16.892J / ESD.353J

As Taught In

Fall 2004



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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.

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Daniel Hastings. 16.892J Space System Architecture and Design. Fall 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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