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16.885J / ESD.35J Aircraft Systems Engineering, Fall 2003

A Boeing 777 in flight.
A Boeing 777 in flight. (Image is taken from NASA's web site:

Highlights of this Course

This course site features lecture slides delivered by distinguished guests from the aerospace industry and academia.

Course Description

Aircraft are complex products comprised of many subsystems which must meet demanding customer and operational lifecycle value requirements. This course adopts a holistic view of the aircraft as a system, covering: basic systems engineering; cost and weight estimation; basic aircraft performance; safety and reliability; lifecycle topics; aircraft subsystems; risk analysis and management; and system realization. Small student teams "retrospectively analyze" an existing aircraft covering: key design drivers and decisions; aircraft attributes and subsystems; and operational experience. Finally, the student teams deliver oral and written versions of the case study.


Prof. Earll Murman
Prof. John Hansman
Prof. Robert Liebeck
Allen Haggerty

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
for 1.5 hours / session
One session / week
for 1 hour / session




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