Archived Versions

16.885J / ESD.35J Aircraft Systems Engineering

As taught in: Fall 2004

A photograph of a Boeing 777 in flight.

A Boeing 777 in flight. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Earll Murman

Prof. John Hansman

Prof. Robert Liebeck

Allen Haggerty

Course Features

Course Highlights

This course features lecture slides delivered by distinguished guests from the aerospace industry and academia.

Course Description

Aircraft are complex products comprised of many subsystems which must meet demanding customer and operational lifecycle value requirements. This course adopts a holistic view of the aircraft as a system, covering: basic systems engineering; cost and weight estimation; basic aircraft performance; safety and reliability; lifecycle topics; aircraft subsystems; risk analysis and management; and system realization. Small student teams "retrospectively analyze" an existing aircraft covering: key design drivers and decisions; aircraft attributes and subsystems; and operational experience. Finally, the student teams deliver oral and written versions of the case study.