Systems Engineering Division

Providing Scientific and Engineering Know-How

The Aerospace Corporation’s expertise in systems engineering is what enables us to fulfill our goal of 100-percent mission success. The Systems Engineering Division (SED) is responsible for systems studies and simulations of new launch vehicles, satellite systems, and their associated ground systems and operations. The division’s cross-program involvement ensures that a “system-of-systems” approach is applied to a variety of projects, from architecture development through operation. This involvement minimizes cost while enhancing reliability, development time, and performance, which is the strength of our unique “matrix” organizational infrastructure.

The expertise of SED’s technical staff runs the gamut of space system design:

Acquisition Analysis and Planning

  • Acquisition analysis
  • Cost and schedule analysis
  • Economic and market analysis
  • Engineering data analysis, integration, and mining
  • Architecture planning and support
  • Concept design and development

Architecture and Design

  • System architecture development
  • System-of-systems analysis
  • System and subsystem design evaluations
  • Concept design and development
  • Advanced technology applications

Mission Assurance

  • Acquisition and risk management
  • Systems engineering database
  • Product and process assurance
  • Risk planning and assessment
  • Ground systems infrastructure development
  • Human integration
  • System integration, test, and operations

System Analysis and Simulation

  • Large-scale mission architecture simulations
  • Military utility simulations
  • Mission performance and optimization
  • Astrodynamics and constellation synthesis
  • Satellite navigation and geopositioning

SED teamed with MITRE Corporation in 2012 to identify best practices in acquisition. The collaboration culminated in the Key Questions for Acquisition Success checklist . This comprehensive and pragmatic checklist, created from the knowledge and experience gained from more than 55 years of best practices and lessons learned, is an aid to program managers and others responsible for formulating or executing a federal acquisition program to improve its chances of success. The checklist has been approved for public release by both corporations.

Checklists can reduce the risk of human error and costly mistakes that even competent professionals can make in complex, high-intensity, mission-critical fields of work. The relevance to the civil and national security space context was assimilated by the joint Aerospace-MITRE team.