16.885 Aircraft Systems Engineering


Class Info

Holistic view of the aircraft as a system, covering basic systems engineering, cost and weight estimation, basic aircraft performance, safety and reliability, life cycle 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; operational experience. Oral and written versions of the case study are delivered. Focuses on a systems engineering analysis of the Space Shuttle. Studies 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.

This class has no prerequisites.

16.885 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by W. Hoburg and R. J. Hansman.

Lecture occurs 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 33-218.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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