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Statistics and Evaluation of 60+ Concurrent Engineering Studies at DLR

Martelo Gomez, Antonio and Jahnke, Stephan Siegfried and Braukhane, Andy and Quantius, Dominik and Maiwald, Volker and Romberg, Oliver (2017) Statistics and Evaluation of 60+ Concurrent Engineering Studies at DLR. In: Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC. 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), 25.-29. Sep. 2017, Adelaide, Australien.

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Since 2007, the German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) Institute of Space Systems in Bremen has operated the Concurrent Engineering Facility (CEF), a system analysis laboratory specialised in performing early stage design in the most efficient and consistent way possible, through the implementation of the Concurrent Engineering (CE) process. Working within a guided procedure, the simultaneous access of multidisciplinary groups of experts to a shared database, and the direct verbal and medial communication between all the experts, are the defining characteristics of Concurrent Engineering studies. As of today over 60 studies have been conducted in the CEF (with an average of about 7 per year), all the while maturing the CE process and adapting it to combine the system and domain expertise of DLR and its specific conditions. Although mostly focused on satellite design, exploration missions and space transport systems, the CEF has enabled the study of different kinds of developments such as life support systems, or space-based and terrestrial infrastructures. CE activities include both feasibility analyses for potential future systems and missions, as well as design contributions to already planned projects and missions. Due to the valuable results and further inputs to all projects, as well as the intense and fruitful interactions within the team together with the educational aspects for the study participants, an increasing interest in applying the CE approach for internal and external projects can be observed. Since the studies are characterized by e.g. varying study objectives and team members, used data and design models as well as by process and planning adaptations, there is a continuous growth of lessons learned from each previous activity. This paper outlines the different applications of the facility, including an analysis of the CE studies conducted, and of the systems which have been designed in the CEF since its conception. Furthermore, it provides and discusses various statistics related to the studies conducted up until now, and touch upon major lessons learnt. Additional complementary activities related to the CEF, as well as an outlook for future activities, complete this paper.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/114620/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Statistics and Evaluation of 60+ Concurrent Engineering Studies at DLR
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Martelo Gomez, AntonioAntonio.Martelo (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Jahnke, Stephan SiegfriedStephan.Jahnke (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1678-4332
Braukhane, Andyandy.braukhane (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Quantius, Dominikdominik.quantius (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Maiwald, Volkervolker.maiwald (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4591-0089
Romberg, Oliveroliver.romberg (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2287-2910
Date:25 September 2017
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Concurrent Engineering Systems Engineering
Event Title:68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
Event Location:Adelaide, Australien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:25.-29. Sep. 2017
Organizer:International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Systemanalyse Raumsegment (old), Systemanalyse Raumsegment (old), R - Virtueller Satellit (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > System Analysis Space Segment
Deposited By: Jahnke, Stephan Siegfried
Deposited On:17 Oct 2017 11:52
Last Modified:18 Feb 2020 12:15

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