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Modeling to Mars: a NASA Model Based Systems Engineering Pathfinder EffortThe NASA Engineering Safety Center (NESC) Systems Engineering (SE) Technical Discipline Team (TDT) initiated the Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Pathfinder effort in FY16. The goals and objectives of the MBSE Pathfinder include developing and advancing MBSE capability across NASA, applying MBSE to real NASA issues, and capturing issues and opportunities surrounding MBSE. The Pathfinder effort consisted of four teams, with each team addressing a particular focus area. This paper focuses on Pathfinder team 1 with the focus area of architectures and mission campaigns. These efforts covered the timeframe of February 2016 through September 2016. The team was comprised of eight team members from seven NASA Centers (Glenn Research Center, Langley Research Center, Ames Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center IV&V Facility, Johnson Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, and Stennis Space Center). Collectively, the team had varying levels of knowledge, skills and expertise in systems engineering and MBSE. The team applied their existing and newly acquired system modeling knowledge and expertise to develop modeling products for a campaign (Program) of crew and cargo missions (Projects) to establish a human presence on Mars utilizing In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU). Pathfinder team 1 developed a subset of modeling products that are required for a Program System Requirement Review (SRR)/System Design Review (SDR) and Project Mission Concept Review (MCR)/SRR as defined in NASA Procedural Requirements. Additionally, Team 1 was able to perform and demonstrate some trades and constraint analyses. At the end of these efforts, over twenty lessons learned and recommended next steps have been identified.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Langley Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Phojanamongkolkij, Nipa
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Lee, Kristopher A.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Miller, Scott T.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Vorndran, Kenneth A.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Vaden, Karl R.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Ross, Eric P.
(NASA Stennis Space Center Stennis Space Center, MS, United States)
Powell, Bobby C.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Moses, Robert W.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 27, 2017
Publication Date
September 12, 2017
Subject Category
Administration And Management
Statistics And Probability
Astronautics (General)
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition 2017
Location: Orlando, FL
Country: United States
Start Date: September 12, 2017
End Date: September 14, 2017
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 432938.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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