MIT’s Aircraft Systems Engineering

Everyone knows that MIT has an open course project. One of them is “16.885J / ESD.35J Aircraft Systems Engineering“. I am interested in this one because it was given by top scientists, engineers and managers in the field of space shuttle design, development and operations. Therefore, it offers first hand experiences and information in terms of system engineering of space vehicles.

I personally listened through all the video lectures of this course. One thing I have to say is that it is not a systems engineering course in general. Rather, it is an “Aircraft Systems Engineering” as the title says. So, it is an excellent reference if you are taking a class in an aircraft systems engineering somewhere else, or you are in this field and want to gain more knowledge and second hand experiences, or you want to know the history of space shuttle. I learned a lot from the course. Unfortunately, most of the slides used in classroom are not available on the internet. Sometimes, you would have to guess on speakers. Please note that there are transcripts available and it is particularly useful.

While I was listening this course, I put together a list of lectures.

Lecture 1 “The Origins of the Space Shuttle” by Dale Myers

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiYhQtGpRhc

Lecture 2 “Space Shuttle History” by Prof. Cohen

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ2H06sseLM

Lecture 3 “Orbiter Sub-System Design” by Prof. Cohen

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDMbBjH8ZSs

Lecture 4 “The Decision to Build the Shuttle” by John Logsdon

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOAyzURugaw

Lecture 5 “Orbiter Structure + Thermal Protection System” by Tom Moser

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2jN_26m8LM

Lecture 6 “Propulsion – Space Shuttle Main Engines” by J. R. Thompson

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uow6v1EuybE

Lecture 7 “Aerodynamics – (From Sub – to Hypersonic and Back)” by Bass Redd

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QRfkG7jOfY

Lecture 8 “Landing and Mechanical Systems” by Al Louviere

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcpyFE3u3hw

Lecture 9 “OMS, RCS, Fuel Cells, Auxiliary Power Unit and Hydraulic Systems” by Henry Pohl

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IJPugWssVs

Lecture 10 “The DoD and the Space Shuttle” by Col. Pete Young (and Bob Siemens)

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzW2ZBtzrUE

Lecture 11 “Use of Subsystems as a Function of Flight Phase” by Prof. Hoffman

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5mwRqyxPIA

Lecture 12 “Aerothermodynamics” by Bob Ried

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5mwRqyxPIA

Lecture 13 “Environmental Control Systems” by Walt Guy

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwjT1gJSsco

Lecture 14 “Ground Operations – Launching the Shuttle” by Bob Sieck

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV5eSoBqrsY

Lecture 15 “Space Shuttle Accidents” by Prof. Sheila Widnall

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFOv1WtlAow

Lecture 16 “Guidance, Navigation and Control” by Phil Hattis

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OksC02Xqe7Q

Lecture 17 “Mission Control 1” by Chris Kraft

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo8v7juSgRw

Lecture 18 “Mission Control 2” by Wayne Hale

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FB0pyYTs2mw

Lecture 19 “Design Process as it Relates to the Shuttle” by Prof. Cohen

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHVf3ukiIiA

Lecture 20 “EVA and Robotics on the Shuttle” by Prof. Hoffman

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AODj-jM3-XI

Lecture 21 “Systems Engineering for Space Shuttle Payloads” by Anthony Lavoie

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxhoHe3BZ-g

Lecture 22 “Test Flying the Space Shuttle” by Col. Gordon Fullerton

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP2Acm9uEGk

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