Instructor: George Andrew, NASA/Goddard

Outline: This course offers a detailed look at basic spacecraft avionics systems engineering and design processes and principals. All spacecraft avionics systems have similarities, but differ in many ways. This course addresses the up-front systems engineering process; requirement levels, trade studies, requirements allocation/linking requirements derivation, requirements verification, risk and risk assessment, safety, integration and test, costing, scheduling, and then applying all this to the avionics subsystem level design on a subsystem-by-subsystem basis. Attendees will be exposed to avionics subsystem designs that are typically used on satellite buses and will learn the terms, nomenclature and rules of thumb used in the development process. Each avionics subsystem is explained in detail to gain insight into manpower and cost requirements. In addition to spacecraft avionics equipment, the design, fabrication, and qualification of the electrical ground support equipment required for satellites are discussed in detail.

Who Should Attend: Space, Spacecraft, and Launch Vehicle Systems Engineers, Avionics Subsystem Designers, Managers, Business Development personnel, System Safety Engineers, Risk Engineers and Managers, Electrical Ground Support Equipment Engineers, Integration and Test Engineers, and Environmental Test Engineers

What You Will Learn: Applying the systems engineering process and principles to the system level design, developing the overall and subsystem architectures and then down into each of the Avionics Subsystems. How the systems engineering process is applied to evaluate and determine the risks, safety, and trade studies to the requirements derivation process, subsystem design, and then requirements verification.

About the Instructor: George Andrew has over 38 years of experience relating to spacecraft, space instrument and launch vehicle avionics architecture, design, manufacturing and testing

In addition, Mr. Andrew has extensive mission / systems engineering, and program/project management experience. He has consulted with start-up launch vehicle and spacecraft companies, managing the flight and ground hardware/software architecture, design, development, manufacturing, test, and launch. Mr. Andrew has been the program/project manager for several spacecraft program contracts and the Avionics Department Manager for two start-up launch vehicles. He is currently supporting the NASA Earth Science Program Office in the Program Systems Engineering office located at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

Mr. Andrew is President of GNA Aerospace Consulting Group and is an Associate Fellow within the AIAA.