Space Standards and Architectures

This course is intended for individuals and organizations that desire to increase their teams’ understanding of the benefits of and the usability of (1) Space Standards and (2) Architectural Frameworks. The audience should be spaceflight mission planners, managers, designers and engineers that seek guidance on the broad space standards environment and techniques to “harvest” the most beneficial standards to be applied to their missions. The course is for mission users, not standards developers.  This applies to all engineering domains but is especially valuable where systems interface across organizational boundaries.

Learning Objectives

  • Targeting the standards that your mission needs
  • Developing and communicating your mission’s architecture
  • There are over 500 standards unique to the space business. Not all apply to all missions. This class gives you the tools to figure out which ones apply to your mission. 
  • Architecture development goes hand-in-hand with standards selection. This class gives you an overview of current model-based-engineering methods to develop and communicate your architectural decisions. 
  • Understand the role and interaction of the Standards Development Organizations involved in Voluntary Consensus Standards, specifically for space.
  • Understand the Business Case for open space standards and how standards are a component of commercial best practices.
  • Understand the basic elements of standard architecture models, including views, and the role of standards in an architecture. Functional, Service, Systems and Operations Views are discussed in detail.
  • Learn which standards are applicable to different mission types (LEO, Deep Space, Human spaceflight, etc.). Learn how to use the Space Infrastructure Foundation’s Mission Applicability Guide. Discuss Special Cases.
  • Learn how organizations, professionals and missions/projects can be involved in the development, update and use of open space standards. 

Who Should Attend 

  • Mission designers, planners, engineers and managers
  • Commercial space, Government and Contractors, Universities with space missions
  • Mission teams that collaborate with other entities

Course Information:
Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
Course Level: Fundamentals/Intermediate
Course Length: 1-3 days
AIAA CEU's available: Yes

  1. Introduction
  2. Overview
  3. Business case
  4. Overall Architecture
  5. Architectural Views
  6. Communication Architecture
  7. Implementation
  8. Standards by Mission Domain (Overview)
  9. Earth Observing
  10. Other LEO
  11. Deep Space
  12. Human Spaceflight
  13. Launch
  14. Mission Environment
  15. Other Mission Types
  16. Special Factors
  17. Standards Development

Mr. Frederick A. Slane
Academia: Bachelor’s Degrees in Mathematics, Physics and Aerospace Engineering.  Master’s Degrees in Physics and International Business
Military: 28 years, primarily on military space operations (SST Vandenberg, US Space Command Space Operations Center), development (EHF Comm, Space Based Radar, ORS, Coalition space operations), test (EELV), and acquisition.
Standards development: AIAA SEC, SPA COS Chair, Space Launch COS (including NRO studies), ISO TC20/SC14 (former WG chair, current US TAG Chair)
Work: USAF, Ball Aerospace, Technology Service Corporation, Space Infrastructure Foundation, Engineering Systems Inc.
AIAA Associate Fellow

Mr. Mike Kearney
1978 - University of Kentucky, B.S. in Electrical Engineering
1979-80 - Contractor at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, on control systems for the Space Shuttle launch complex.
1980-93 – NASA MOD at JSC, working first in data and communications systems and eventually becoming the Chief Data Systems Architect in Mission Control Houston.
1994-98 – NASA ISS Program Office at JSC, negotiating the development of international interfaces between all of the ISS international agencies’ mission control centers.
1998-2015 – NASA MSFC, serving as the Mission Operations Laboratory’s Lead Technology Manager. During the last 8 years, he served as Chairman and General Secretary of CCSDS, managed the CCSDS Secretariat and served on other committees such as the Interagency Operations Advisory Group and the SpaceOps Committee.

Mr. Ramon Krosley
Academia: Bachelor’s Degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science
Consultant to DoD and NASA
Standards development: AIAA Spacecraft Plug and Play Architecture, CCSDS Spacecraft OnBoard Information Systems/Electronic Data Sheets.


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