Spacecraft Systems Integration and Test Training

Commitment 4 days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


Spacecraft Systems Integration and Test Training course are designed for engineers and managers interested in a systems engineering approach to space systems integration, test, and launch site processing. It provides critical insight into the design drivers that inevitably arise from the need to verify and validate complex space systems. Each topic is covered in significant detail, including interactive team exercises, with an emphasis on a systems engineering approach to getting the job done. Actual test and processing facilities/capabilities at GSFC, VAFB, CCAFB, and KSC are introduced, providing familiarity with these critical space industry resources.

  • 4 days of Spacecraft Systems Integration and Test Training with an expert instructor
  • Spacecraft Systems Integration and Test Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee



Upon completing this Spacecraft Systems Integration and Test course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • How are systems engineering principles applied to system tests?
  • How can a comprehensive, realistic & achievable schedule be developed?
  • What facilities are available and how is planning accomplished?
  • What are the critical system-level tests and how do their verification goals drive the schedule?
  • What are the characteristics of a strong, competent I&T team/program?
  • What are the viable trades and options when I&T doesn’t go as planned?

This course provides the participant with knowledge and systems engineering perspective to plan and conduct successful space system I&T and launch campaigns. All engineers and managers will attain an understanding of the verification and validation factors critical to the design of hardware, software, and test procedures.

  • We can adapt this Spacecraft Systems Integration and Test course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Spacecraft Systems Integration and Test course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Spacecraft Systems Integration and Test course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Spacecraft Systems Integration and Test Training course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Spacecraft Systems Integration and Test Training course:

  • Spacecraft Systems Integration and Test Training course are designed for engineers and managers interested in a systems engineering approach to space systems integration, test, and launch site processing.

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this  Spacecraft Systems Integration and Test Training course are:

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  1. System Level I&T Overview. Comparison of system, subsystem, and component tests. Introduction to the various stages of I&T and overview of the course subject matter.
  2. Main Technical Disciplines Influencing I&T. Mechanical, Electrical, and Thermal systems. Optical, Magnetics, Robotics, Propulsion, Flight Software, and others. Safety, EMC, and Contamination Control. Resultant requirements pertaining to I&T and how to use them in planning an effective campaign.
  3. Lunar/Mars Initiative and Manned Space Flight. Safety first. Telerobotics, rendezvous & capture, and control system testing (data latency, range sensors, object recognition, gravity compensation, etc.). Verification of multi-fault-tolerant systems. Testing ergonomic systems and support infrastructure. Future trends.
  4. Staffing the Job. Building a strong team and establishing leadership roles. Human factors in team building and scheduling of this critical resource.
  5. Test and Processing Facilities. Budgeting and scheduling tests. Ambient, environmental (T/V, Vibe, Shock, EMC/RF, etc.) and launch site (VAFB, CCAFB, KSC) test and processing facilities. Special considerations for hazardous processing facilities.
  6. Ground Support Systems. Electrical ground support equipment (GSE) including SAS, RF, Umbilical, Front End, etc., and Mechanical GSE, such as stands, fixtures, and 1-G negation for deployments and robotics. I&T ground test systems and software. Ground Segment elements (MOCC, SOCC, SDPF, FDF, CTV, network & flight resources).
  7. Preparation and Planning for I&T. Planning tools. Effective use of block diagrams exploded views, and system schematics. Storyboard and schedule development. Configuration management of I&T, development of C&T database to leverage and empower ground software. Understanding verification and validation requirements.
  8. System Test Procedures. Engineering efficient, effective test procedures to meet your goals. Installation and integration procedures. Critical system tests; their roles and goals (Aliveness, Functional, Performance, Mission Simulations). Environmental and Launch Site test procedures, including hazardous and contingency operations.
  9. Data Products for Verification and Tracking. The criterion for data trending. Tracking operational constraints, limited life items, expendables, and trouble-free hours. Producing comprehensive, useful test reports.
  10. Tracking and Resolving Problems. Troubleshooting and recovery strategies. Methods for accurately documenting, categorizing, and tracking problems and converging toward solutions. How to handle problems when you cannot reach closure.
  11. Milestone Progress Reviews. Preparing the I&T presentation for major program reviews (PDR, CDR, L-12, Pre-Environmental, Pre-ship, MRR).
  12. Subsystem and Instrument Level Testing. Distinctions from system test. Expectations and preparations prior to delivery to a higher level of assembly.
  13. The Integration Phase. Integration strategies to get the core of the bus up and running. Standard Operating Procedures. Pitfalls, precautions, and other considerations.
  14. The System Test Phase. Building a successful test program. Technical vs. schedule risk and risk management. Establishing baselines for performance, flight software, alignment, and more. Environmental Testing, launch rehearsals, Mission Sims, Special tests.
  15. The Launch Campaign. Scheduling the Launch campaign. Transportation and setup. Test scenarios for arrival and check-out, hazardous processing, On-stand, and Launch day. Contingency planning and scrub turnarounds.
  16. Post Launch Support. Launch day, T+. L+30-day support. Staffing logistics.
  17. I&T Contingencies and Workarounds. Using your schedule as a tool to ensure success. Contingency and recovery strategies. Trading off risks.
  18. Summary. Wrap up ideas and concepts. Final Q & A session.
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