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State analysis requirements database for engineering complex embedded systemsIt has become clear that spacecraft system complexity is reaching a threshold where customary methods of control are no longer affordable or sufficiently reliable. At the heart of this problem are the conventional approaches to systems and software engineering based on subsystem-level functional decomposition, which fail to scale in the tangled web of interactions typically encountered in complex spacecraft designs. Furthermore, there is a fundamental gap between the requirements on software specified by systems engineers and the implementation of these requirements by software engineers. Software engineers must perform the translation of requirements into software code, hoping to accurately capture the systems engineer's understanding of the system behavior, which is not always explicitly specified. This gap opens up the possibility for misinterpretation of the systems engineer's intent, potentially leading to software errors. This problem is addressed by a systems engineering tool called the State Analysis Database, which provides a tool for capturing system and software requirements in the form of explicit models. This paper describes how requirements for complex aerospace systems can be developed using the State Analysis Database.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Bennett, Matthew B.
Rasmussen, Robert D.
Ingham, Michel D.
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
July 10, 2004
Meeting Information
15th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), Rochester, New York
Distribution Limits
model base engineering
system engineering