Missile Design and System Engineering

1 February - 30 June 2014

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This short course provides the fundamentals of missile design, development, and system engineering. A system-level, integrated method is provided for missile configuration design and analysis. It addresses the broad range of alternatives in satisfying missile performance, cost, and risk requirements. Methods are generally simple closed-form analytical expressions that are physics-based, to provide insight into the primary driving parameters. Configuration sizing examples are presented for rocket, turbojet, and ramjet-powered missiles. Systems engineering considerations include launch platform integration constraints. Typical values of missile parameters and the characteristics of current operational missiles are discussed as well as the enabling subsystems and technologies for missiles. Sixty six videos illustrate missile development activities and performance. Attendees will vote on the relative emphasis of types of targets, types of launch platforms, technical topics, and round table discussion.

Key Topics
• Key drivers in the missile design process
• Critical trade-offs, methods, and technologies in aerodynamic, propulsion, structure, seeker, warhead, and subsystems sizing to  meet flight performance and other requirements
• Launch platform-missile integration
• Robustness, lethality, guidance, navigation & control, accuracy, observables, survivability, reliability, and cost considerations
• Missile sizing examples for missile systems and missile technologies
• Missile system and technology development process

Who Should Attend

The course is oriented toward the needs of missile engineers, system analysts, system engineers, program managers, marketing personnel, engineering professors, and others working in the areas of missile systems and technology development.