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1 Introduction 1.1 Purpose This handbook is intended to provide information
on systems engineering that will be useful to NASA system engineers, especially new ones. Its primary
objective is to provide a generic description of systems
engineering as it should be applied throughout NASA.
Field centers' handbooks are encouraged to provide
center-specific details of implementation.
For NASA system engineers to choose to keep a
copy of this handbook at their elbows, it must provide
answers that cannot be easily found elsewhere. Consequently, it provides NASA-relevant perspectives and
NASA-particular data. NASA management instructions
(NMIs) are referenced when applicable.
This handbook's secondary objective is to serve
as a useful companion to all of the various courses in
systems engineering that are being offered under
1.2 Scope and Depth The subject matter of systems engineering is very
broad. The coverage in this handbook is limited to
general concepts and generic descriptions of processes,
tools, and techniques. It provides information on good
systems engineering practices, and pitfalls to avoid.
There are many textbooks that can be consulted for
This handbook describes systems engineering as
it should be applied to the development of major NASA
systems. Systems engineering deals both with the
system being developed (the product system) and the
system that does the developing (the producing system).
Consequently, the handbook's scope properly includes
systems engineering functions regardless of whether
they are performed by an in-house systems engineering
organization, a program/project office, or a system
While many of the producing system's design features may be implied by the nature of the tools and techniques of systems engineering, it does not follow that
institutional procedures for their application must be
uniform from one NASA field center to another. Selected Systems Engineering Reading
See the Bibliography for full reference d...
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