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Aircraft Systems Engineering

By Prof. Jeffrey Hoffman Prof. Aaron Cohen

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16.885J offers a holistic view of the aircraft as a system, covering: basic systems engineering; cost and weight estimation; basic aircraft performance; safety and reliability; lifecycle 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; and operational experience. Oral and written versions of the case study are delivered. For the Fall 2005 term, the class focuses on a systems engineering analysis of the Space Shuttle. It offers study of 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.

Customer Reviews

Tons of Detail & History for Manned Flight Junkies

A parade of guest lecturers straight from NASA and major contractors discuss every aspect of the shuttle from an engineering perspective. As previously stated - the decision to keep the video relentlessly zoomed in on the lecturer rather than occasionally panning to the presentation material can be a little maddening...but we all must learn to sacrifice

Excellent overview

A detailed overview of the shuttle program at the college level. Would have been nice for the video camera to capture the lecture’s slides during the presentations, but that doesn’t lessen the impact of the presentations.

Without visual aids, lecture mostly useless

Whoever filmed these lectures was clueless. I don't need to SEE the speaker talking, only hear him. What I do NEED to see are the charts he is pointing at and talking to. Without that, it is liking reading a powerpoint brief without the speaker's notes - almost useless.