Space Mission Engineering:  The New SMAD - with Dr. James Wertz
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Space Mission Engineering:  The New SMAD - with Dr. James Wertz

Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD - with Dr. James Wertz

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Course Synopsis

This is the new edition of the Space Mission Analysis & Design (SMAD) course taught by Dr. James Wertz for more than 20 years. The purpose of the course is to guide the participants through the process of preliminary mission design, beginning with a “blank sheet of paper” to create a cost-effective space mission to meet a set of broad, often poorly defined, objectives. The text for the course, developed with input from experts throughout the space community, is Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD (SME), the new standard reference in astronautics. Globally, more than 110,000 copies of SME and SMAD have been sold. Compared to the original SMAD, SME has been brought up to date and now includes all basic models in Excel for immediate use by course participants.

Why participate?

Space Mission Engineering is, globally, the most comprehensive space mission analysis and design course.
It provides an integrated, “big picture” perspective of cost-effective space mission design applicable to commercial, civil, and military professionals. Consistent with meeting mission demands, the course places a substantial emphasis on low-cost missions and current methodologies for reducing cost. Dr. Wertz’s extensive experience and work throughout the space community provides additional and invaluable practical examples to the participants to support their application of the course material.

Who should participate?

This course is aimed at all interested professionals who want to broaden their understanding of all key aspects and disciplines of space engineering. It provides younger engineers and scientists, as well as managers, with an understanding of all key fundamentals. More seasoned engineers and scientists appreciate the course as a ‘refresher’ and to familiarize themselves with the latest trends and developments, especially in the area of low-cost space mission design.

Course Material

Each participant will receive a copy of Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD, a copy of the presentation view graphs, a complete set of mission engineering models implemented in Excel for immediate application, and additional supplementary material.


  • Overview of Space Mission Engineering
  • Concept Exploration
  • Mission Architecture
  • Mission Analysis & Mission Utility
  • Requirements Definition
  • Introduction to Mission Geometry
  • Astrodynamics and Orbit Design
  • Space Environment
  • Payload Design
  • Spacecraft Design
  • Subsystem Design
  • Launch Vehicles
  • Ground Segment and Mission Operations
  • Computer Systems
  • Reliability and Safety
  • System Validation and Verification
  • Low Cost Spacecraft Design
  • Putting It All Together


“The best, most usable course I’ve ever taken.”
—Participant, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

“Outstanding course. Finally, I see the big picture!”

— Participant, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

“I expected a lot and got more!”

— Participant, Wright Patterson Air Force Base

“The course makes you take a step back and think about how we do things in the space program.”
— Participant, Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

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