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MIT 16.885J / ESD.35J Aircraft Systems Engineering - Fall 2005

author: Aaron Cohen, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
author: Jeffrey Hoffman, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
recorded by: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
released under terms of: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike (CC-BY-NC-SA)

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.

Course Highlights

This course was administrated by shuttle astronaut and MIT Professor Jeff Hoffman and Professor Aaron Cohen, who was the Space Shuttle Orbiter Project Manager. Guest speakers provide the majority of the content in video lectures, discussing topics such as system design, accident investigation, and the future of NASA's space mission.

Course Homepage 16.885J / ESD.35J Aircraft Systems Engineering Fall 2005

Course features at MIT OpenCourseWare page:

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Reviews and comments:

Comment1 Kevin Hall, October 8, 2013 at 5:57 a.m.:

Well convened by Jeff and Aaron who cued in the speakers nicely and probed topics on behalf of us all in a relaxed no nonsense way.

(a) Feel the first few lectures of introduction could have been incorporated into one and then (b) sequence lectures so that "pre-requisite" technology fed subsequent lectures for better understanding.

Recently retired and looking at your course was great brain food for a former teacher / sports / finance guy delving into new fields of interest.

The spin off was that my kids often came over to view with fascination and felt we all were getting it straight from the horses mouth which is far better than often contrived media or documentaries.

(c) Understand that the slides could not be "filmed" but a small inset showing what was on the screen would have helped.

Regardless of the shuttle programme being closed, (d) covering development since would have brought us up to date.

Thank you for posting and would gladly pay for same even though the content was yester-year it was an excellent introduction to an amazing technological adventure.

Man advanced with technology on all the space programmes but sadly our priorities have been contaminated in the current era with a very dumbed down and stagnant culture.

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