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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

Lecture has content, the A/V crew is clueless.

These instructors have visual aids for a reason. You would think the A/V crew would figure out that the audience would grow tired of watching a talking head. Plus, if all we are going to be privy to, is a 1.5 hour monotone, why waste the band with with the video bits?

Classic - awe inspiring

these lectures are phenomenal. if you are interested in space, engineering , project management, or history these lectures will blow your freakin mind!

those that complain of the AV flawes are correct. but at the same time these lectures are 6 or 7+ star quality. far beyond anything youd ever hope to get in a university class. if you thought you appreciated the hard problems these engineers were solving you havent heard anything. inspirational!

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.