Special Issue "Space Systems Preliminary Design"

A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310). This special issue belongs to the section "Astronautics & Space Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2024 | Viewed by 171

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Rob A. Vingerhoeds
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Guest Editor
ISAE-SUPAERO, 31400 Toulouse, France
Interests: complex systems; (model-based) systems engineering; systems architecture; knowledge representation; artificial intelligence; real-time systems; concurrent design engineering; multi-agent systems; autonomous decision making; distributed systems
Dr. Sophia Salas Cordero
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Guest Editor
ISAE-SUPAERO, 31400 Toulouse, France
Interests: complex systems; systems engineering; design engineering; concurrent engineering; knowledge representation and reasoning; cybersecurity; risk and obsolescence management
Dr. Thibault Gateau
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Guest Editor
ISAE-SUPAERO, 31400 Toulouse, France
Interests: CubeSats; concurrent design engineering; preliminary design; automated planning; multi-agent systems; autonomous decision making; distributed system; fractionated spacecraft

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The preliminary design of space systems is known to involve an interdisciplinary team that work concurrently and play a vital role in the further development of space systems, by facilitating a design workflow for either flight or ground segments. The whole life cycle includes design decisions that may affect training, operations resource management, human factors, safety, habitability and environment, and maintainability and supportability. Practitioners would benefit from optimizing space system preliminary designs, but they face challenges in terms of technology, costs, and socio-organizational approaches.

This Special Issue seeks original contributions that discuss space system preliminary designs, methodologies, and/or tooling that could allow analytical verification, time savings, reduced errors in sizing, better cost prediction, and a better compliance to mission requirements for space missions or systems. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Space system preliminary design, conceptual design, concurrent design;
  • Space systems and subsystems (e.g., satellite systems);
  • Space system modeling and analysis;
  • (Model-based) space system engineering;
  • Space system architecture;
  • Design methods and tools;
  • Design knowledge reuse;
  • Preliminary design data integration and management;
  • Multi-disciplinary optimization;
  • Artificial intelligence for design;
  • Decision-support tools;
  • Human–system interfaces;
  • Human-in-the-loop;
  • Methodologies to ease hand-over from preliminary design to next design stages, involving other teams;
  • Knowledge reuse from preliminary design to operations;
  • Change management;
  • Database management;
  • Data sharing;
  • Data representation/conversion/translation;
  • Meta-modelling.

High-quality papers based on theories, applications, or experimental data related to space system preliminary design are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Rob A. Vingerhoeds
Dr. Sophia Salas Cordero
Dr. Thibault Gateau
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • preliminary design
  • conceptual design, concurrent design, space systems
  • nanosatellites
  • (model-based) systems engineering, systems architecture, modeling
  • analysis
  • multi-disciplinary optimization
  • artificial intelligence

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