Space Mission Operations

This course defines the processes, tools, and data needed to translate space mission objectives and requirements into a viable mission operations concept. This course describes the interrelationships between mission operations elements and other segments of a space mission. It highlights the 13 operations functions, addresses key issues, provides guidelines for developing an operations concept, presents a model for evaluating the cost and complexity of conducting operations, and explains how to define and develop a mission operations system. It describes the elements associated with routine, launch, early orbit, and special operations, focusing specifically on guidelines for planning and analyzing the mission. It also describes the unique aspects of interplanetary, international, microsatellite, and crewed mission operations.

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Cost-Effective Space Mission Operations


2-3 days


Program managers

Missions operations managers

Spacecraft engineers and designers

Project scientists


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