Applied Space Systems Engineering Online


Instructed by Teaching Science and Technology Inc. (TSTI)
  • Applied Space Systems Engineering examines the practical application of space systems engineering processes throughout the mission lifecycle.
  • All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course


Applied Space Systems Engineering examines the practical application of space systems engineering processes throughout the mission lifecycle. The course is aimed at developing the relevant knowledge and skills needed to apply systems engineering tools and techniques within a project environment to produce effective space systems. Using a combination of lectures, interactive discussions, and group exercises, the course presents a detailed review of all major systems engineering processes within three major categories: Design, Realization, and Systems Engineering Management. A detailed end-to-end space system case study is used to translate theory to practice by illustrating detailed how-to examples for achieving and establishing each major technical baseline throughout the mission lifecycle.

This course is aimed at giving you the knowledge, tools, and experience to enter any phase of the space mission life cycle and apply systems engineering processes to achieve practical results. At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Define key systems engineering terms
  • Explain fundamental systems engineering principles
  • Apply systems engineering tools and techniques to solve specific design, manage, and realization challenges
  • Develop relevant systems engineering artifacts for a given scenario that captures and communicates design, systems management, and system realization decisions

Systems engineers, payload principle investigators, subsystem engineers, or project managers who are involved in any phase of the space mission lifecycle.


"Emphasis on the 17 processes improved my understanding of how they fit into the project lifecycle.”–NASA Engineer

“I think the course was of great value and beneficial to my career. I think the value was more realized after the course”–NASA Engineer

“I enjoyed the instructor - he went out of his way to teach a few additional concepts to make sure we understood the material. He made the course interesting by inserting his own stories and experiences!” – NASA Engineer

“I am looking forward to becoming a more effective team member by implementing my new knowledge of the SE process.” – Astroscale Engineer

“I've seen a lot of this information in pieces over the years (30+). However, it was really nice to see it all together in one project, going from inception to devops. Having an example to work with was great! – NASA Engineer 

Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
Course Level: Fundamentals
Course Length: 3 days
AIAA CEU's available: Yes

  • Designing Systems
    • Stakeholder Expectations and Requirements
    • Operations Concept and Mission Architecture Development
    • Technical Requirements Engineering
    • Logical Decomposition & Physical Solutions
  • Managing the System Engineering Processes
    • Technical Planning
    • Interface Management
    • Risk Management
    • Configuration & Technical Data Management
    • Technical Decision Analysis
    • Systems Engineering Management Planning
    • Technical Reviews
  • Realizing Systems
    • System Implementation (buying/building/re-using)
    • System Integration
    • System Verification & Validation
    • System Transition and DevOps
  • Detailed End-to-End Case Study
  • Hands-on Exercises
The course will be instructed by one or more of the aerospace systems experts from Teaching Science and Technology Inc. (TSTI):

Dr. Jerry Jon Sellers, is the author of Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics, and is a contributing author and editor of Applied Space Systems Engineering, author of the new chapter in ASSE on Applied Model-based Systems Engineering, as well as a contributing author of Human Spaceflight Analysis and Design. He has over 30 years of space systems experience including Guidance & On-board Navigation Officer in Space Shuttle Mission Control; Assistant Professor of Astronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy; and Chief of Astronautics for the Air Force European Office of Aerospace Research & Development. He is an Associate Fellow at AIAA and the former Chairman of the AIAA Space Systems Technical Committee. He is an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics and is a Certified Scaled-Agile Program Consultant. He is also an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology and certified Scaled-Agile Framework (SAFe) Program Consultant (SPC5). Jerry is an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

Dr. Peter Van Wirt is a former Deputy Department Head for Labs and Research of the Department of Astronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has been a visiting lecturer for the Technical University of Delft’s SpaceTech Master’s Degree in Space Systems Engineering and is an Adjunct Professor for the Space Systems Engineering Master’s program at Stevens Institute of Technology. He also instructs at the National Security Space Institute in Colorado Springs, CO. He has served as a systems engineer/program manager for a variety of US Air Force engineering developments. Peter has over 30 years of aerospace engineering experience and over 20 years teaching experience. He earned his doctorate at Utah State University.
    Dr. Bruce Chesley is an experienced space program manager and industry executive. He served as the Chief Strategist for a space system portfolio spanning human spaceflight, commercial satellites, and government space systems and he led the early development of a global broadband satellite constellation. He has also delivered advanced space systems and prototypes while serving in a variety of roles in program management, business development and engineering. His Air Force assignments included Air Force Space Command, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the USAF Academy where he was an Assistant Professor of Astronautics. He was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics in 2020 and serves as a Vice President on the Bureau of the International Astronautical Federation. He has published more than 20 technical papers and book chapters on satellite design and space systems engineering. He is also an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology.


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