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Systems Engineering

LASP Engineer in clean room

System engineers manage complex mission requirements to ensure that each design successfully evolves from the initial concept to the final on-orbit operation. (Courtesy LASP)

Systems Engineering at LASP links scientific objectives to engineering implementation. System engineers develop and manage requirements from initial concept through on-orbit operation, aiding cohesion within the technical team. They optimize functional and physical compatibility of interfaces by carefully balancing developmental design trades against available technical resources (mass, power, volume, and data bandwidth).

Successful flight programs share the core systems engineering principles of identifying, defining, and mitigating technical risk, along with establishing verification and validation paths for all system elements (hardware, software, facilities, personnel, and data).

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