Systems engineering is a key function in CBSE hardware development. Key responsibilities include:
-Coordinate all technical efforts in a project so that a system or component is designed to meet performance, cost and schedule
-Ensure compatibility with all physical and functional interfaces
-Identify project risks and coordinate/develop risk management protocols
-Monitor and status design progress
Systems integration includes a broad range of activities that take a completed system or experiment, and fly it in space. The system must meet a list of requirements to show compatibility with the vehicle or facility for which it will be used. The following are activities associated with systems integration at CBSE.
Interface requirements are utilized by the system/experiment during the planned operational state. The Systems Engineering team has extensive experience with the development of Interface Control Documents (ICD)s to define the applicability of planned interfaces that a system will utilize. In the past, these interfaces have included the Shuttle, Spacelab, SPACEHAB, ATV and the International Space Station (ISS). Current projects involve SpaceX Dragon, Orbital Sciences Cygnus, ISS, ATV, HTV, and Progress.
Detailed safety assessments are performed for ground and flight operations.
Verification insures that all items in the system conform to the design, performance, safety and interface requirements as defined in the design specification. CBSE Systems Engineers are responsible for development, coordination and implementation of each of the flight verification programs.
Since the launch of STS-100, all CBSE Engineering mission operations are performed locally in our Remote Operations Control Center. In the past, missions were supported from Johnson Space Center or Marshall Space Flight Center.
CBSE Engineers are experienced in ground processing at the launch site. These responsibilities include identifying and coordinating all resource requirements, activity planning, and hardware testing and checkout.
System Flight Planning
System flight planning is performed to define all of the operations and resources required to successfully operate our experiments in orbit. Resource planning is a key function that allows our team to define vehicle resources, crew resources, time constraints and operational sequences necessary to execute our planned operations.
Crew training provides both an overview as well as hands- on familiarization of the experiment and its intended operations. By working with the hardware, the crew has a better understanding of the planned and unplanned operations associated with CBSE experiments.