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Model-Based Systems Engineering in Concurrent Engineering CentersConcurrent Engineering Centers (CECs) are specialized facilities with a goal of generating and maturing engineering designs by enabling rapid design iterations. This is accomplished by co-locating a team of experts (either physically or virtually) in a room with a focused design goal and a limited timeline of a week or less. The systems engineer uses a model of the system to capture the relevant interfaces and manage the overall architecture. A single model that integrates other design information and modeling allows the entire team to visualize the concurrent activity and identify conflicts more efficiently, potentially resulting in a systems model that will continue to be used throughout the project lifecycle. Performing systems engineering using such a system model is the definition of model-based systems engineering (MBSE); therefore, CECs evolving their approach to incorporate advances in MBSE are more successful in reducing time and cost needed to meet study goals. This paper surveys space mission CECs that are in the middle of this evolution, and the authors share their experiences in order to promote discussion within the community.
Document ID
20150022911
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Iwata, Curtis
(Aerospace Corp. El Segundo, CA, United States)
Infeld, Samantha
(Analytical Mechanics Associates, Inc. Hampton, VA, United States)
Bracken, Jennifer Medlin
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
McGuire
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
McQuirk, Christina
(Rutherford Appleton Lab. Harwell, United Kingdom)
Kisdi, Aron
(Rutherford Appleton Lab. Harwell, United Kingdom)
Murphy, Jonathan
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Cole, Bjorn
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Zarifian, Pezhman
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
December 11, 2015
Publication Date
August 31, 2015
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Engineering (General)
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper 2015-4437
GRC-E-DAA-TN24697
Meeting Information
AIAA SPACE 2015 Conference and Exposition(Pasadena, CA)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNL12AA09C
WBS: WBS 736466.06.02.03.23.07
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
systems engineering
concurrent engineering
Space missions

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