17–19 September 2018
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando, Florida

Space Standards and Architectures Course

Space Standards Course

16 September 2018      
0800-1700 hrs


This course is intended for individuals and organizations that desire to increase their teams’ understanding of the benefits of and the usability of (1) Space Standards and (2) Architecture Framework. The audience should be spaceflight mission planners, designers and engineers that seek guidance on the broad space standards environment and techniques to “harvest” the most beneficial standards to be applied to their missions. The course is for mission users, not standards developers. This applies to all engineering domains, but is especially valuable where systems interface across organizational boundaries. 

Key Topics

  • Targeting the standards that your mission needs.
  • Developing and communicating your mission's architecture.

Learning Objectives

  • There are over 400 standards unique to the space business. Not all apply to all missions. This class gives you the tools to figure out which ones apply to your mission. 
  • Architecture development goes hand-in-hand with standards selection. This class gives you an overview of current model-based-engineering tools to develop and communicate your architectural decisions. 
  • Understand the role and interaction of the Standards Development Organizations involved specifically in open space standards.
  • Understand the Business Case for open space standards and how standards are a component of commercial best practices.
  • Understand the basic elements of standard architecture models, including views, and the role of standards in an architecture. Functional, Service, Systems and Operations Views are discussed in detail.
  • Learn which standards are applicable to different missions. Learn how to use the Space Infrastructure Foundation’s Mission Applicability Guide. Discuss Special Cases.
  • Learn how organizations, professionals and missions/projects can be involved in the development, update and use of open space standards.

Who Should Attend

  • Mission designers, planners, engineers and managers
  • Commercial space, Gov’t and contractors, Universities with space missions
  • Mission teams that collaborate with other entities (don’t we all?)

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Business case
  • Overall Architecture
  • Architectural Views
  • Communication Architecture
  • Implementation
  • Standards by Mission Domain (Overview)
  • Earth Observing
  • Other LEO
  • Deep Space
  • Human Spaceflight
  • Launch
  • Mission Environment
  • Other Mission Types
  • Special Factors
  • Standards Development
  • Wrap-up

Course Instructors

Mr. Frederick A. Slane
Academia: Bachelor’s Degrees in Mathematics, Physics and Aerospace Enigineering.  Master’s Degrees in Physics and International Business
Military: 28 years, primarily on military space operations (SST Vandenberg, US Space Command Space Operations Center), development (EHF Comm, Space Based Radar, ORS, Coalition space operations), test (EELV), and acquisition.
Standards developemnt: AIAA SEC, SPA COS Chair, Space Launch COS (inlcuding NRO studies), ISO TC20/SC14 (former WG chair, current US TAG Chair)
Work: USAF, Ball Aerospace, Technology Service Corporation, Space Infrastructure Foundation, Engineering Systems Inc.
AIAA Associate Fellow

Mr. Mike Kearney
1978 - University of Kentucky, B.S. in Electrical Engineering
1979-80 - Contractor at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, on control systems for the Space Shuttle launch complex.
1980-93 – NASA MOD at JSC, working first in data and communications systems and eventually becoming the Chief Data Systems Architect in Mission Control Houston
1994-98 – NASA ISS Program Office at JSC, negotiating the development of international interfaces between all of the ISS international agencies’ mission control centers.
1998-2015 – NASA MSFC, serving as the Mission Operations Laboratory’s Lead Technology Manager. 
During the last 8 years, he served as Chairman and General Secretary of CCSDS, managed the CCSDS Secretariat and served on other committees such as the Interagency Operations Advisory Group and the SpaceOps Committee.

Mr. Ramon Krosley
Academia: Bachelor’s Degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science
Consultant to DoD and NASA
Standards development: AIAA Spacecraft Plug and Play Architecture, CCSDS Spacecraft OnBoard Information Systems/Electronic Data Sheets.

Course Materials

Course notes will be made available about one week prior to the course event. You will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your course notes. Since course notes will not be distributed on site, AIAA and your course instructor highly recommend that you bring your computer with the course notes already downloaded to the course. 

Course Registration

Pricing and course registration information can be found here.

AIAA CEUs are available for this course.


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