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Unformatted text preview: g Handbook Introduction 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 NASA's auspices. 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 in-depth tutorials. 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 contractor. 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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