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16.885J Aircraft Systems Engineering (Fall 2005, MIT OCW). Instructor: Professor Jeffrey Hoffman.

16.885J offers a holistic view of the aircraft as a system, covering: basic systems engineering; cost and weight estimation; basic aircraft performance; safety and reliability; lifecycle topics; aircraft subsystems; risk analysis and management; and system realization. Small student teams retrospectively analyze an existing aircraft covering: key design drivers and decisions; aircraft attributes and subsystems; and operational experience. Oral and written versions of the case study are delivered. For the Fall 2005 term, the class focuses on a systems engineering analysis of the Space Shuttle. It offers study of both design and operations of the shuttle, with frequent lectures by outside experts. Students choose specific shuttle systems for detailed analysis and develop new subsystem designs using state of the art technology. (from ocw.mit.edu)

Course Curriculum

  • Lecture 01 – The Origins of the Space Shuttle Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Space Shuttle History Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Orbiter Sub-System Design Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – The Decision to Build the Shuttle Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Orbiter Structure + Thermal Protection System Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Propulsion – Space Shuttle Main Engines Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Aerodynamics – (From Sub – to Hypersonic and Back) Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Landing and Mechanical Systems Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – OMS, RCS, Fuel Cells, Auxiliary Power Unit and Hydraulic Systems Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – The DoD and the Space Shuttle Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Use of Subsystems as a Function of Flight Phase Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Aerothermodynamics Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Environmental Control Systems Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – Ground Operations – Launching the Shuttle Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Space Shuttle Accidents Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Guidance, Navigation and Control Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Mission Control 1 Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Mission Control 2 Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – Design Process as it Relates to the Shuttle Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – EVA and Robotics on the Shuttle Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – Systems Engineering for Space Shuttle Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – Test Flying the Space Shuttle Unlimited

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