• Instructors(s): Prof. Dr. Christopher Shneider Cerqueira & Assistent Professors’ internships
  • Course Number: SIS-08


Complex Aerospace and related systems consist of thousands of engineering decisions that are presented for fulfilling the stakeholders’ needs. In order to create systems, it is necessary to engage in “system thinking”, where “system thinking looks at relationships (rather than unrelated objects), connectedness, process (rather than structure), the whole (rather than just its parts), the patterns (rather than the contents) of a system and context” (R. Ackoff with H. Addison and A. Carey, Systems Thinking for Curious Managers, Triarchy Press, 2010). A system begins with an idea, from the stakeholders’ needs, that must be translated into reality.

One of the activities of the Space Systems Engineering is continuously verify the concretization activities as well as the results of the verification & validation campaigns, best referenced through the Phase D of the System Life Cycle, called AIV - Assembly, Integration and Verification Phase. In early phases, understanding the all process aids the Space Systems Engineering to prepare: the enabling systems prior to the activities, the space artifacts to be compliance with the required testing activities, and plan the resources required.

This course aims to clarify and structure the Verification and Validation (V&V) Activities during the Life Cycle, identifying the requirements, methods, tools and technological elements required to the AIV activities. This course will also have a test case that transverse to the class sessions with a CubeSat Subsystem.

The rationale for this Course is the CEI (Centro Espacial ITA - ITA Space Center). One of its facilities will Assembly, Integration and Verification Facility, where SmallSats will be integrated. Future occurrences of this course will be fully ministered in this facility. Also, this capacity is demanded by the market, both public and private sectors, to plan and execute Integration and Tests in Space Systems.