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AIAA: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

AIAA, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, is known internationally as the preeminent publisher of cutting-edge aerospace books and journals and as the leading source of aerospace industry archives. It was founded in 1963, after the American Rocket Society and the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences merged. AIAA has more than 80 years of aerospace leadership and is the leading aerospace publisher. It boasts 30,000 individual members from 88 countries and has 95 corporate members. Standards from AIAA are available both individually, directly through the ANSI webstore, and as part of a Standards Subscription. If you or your organization are interested in easy, managed, online access to standards that can be shared, a Standards Subscription may be what you need - please contact us at: or 1-212-642-4980 or Request Proposal Price.

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ANSI/AIAA G-043B-2018

Guide to the Preparation of Operational Concept Documents

A recognized systems engineering best practice is early development of operational concepts during system development and documentation of those operational concepts in one or more operational concept documents. Recognizing this best practice, U. S. Department of Defense (DoD) and NASA standard procedures have required that information relating to system operational concepts be prepared in support of the specification and development of systems. In the past, the DoD has published Data Item Descriptions (DIDs), and NASA has published Data Requirements Documents (DRDs), which describe the format and content of the information to be provided. This AIAA Guide describes which types of information are most relevant, their purpose, and who should participate in the operational concept development effort. It also provides advice regarding effective procedures for generation of the information and how to document it.

ANSI/AIAA S-102.2.4-2015

Capability-Based Product Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) Requirements

This Standard provides the basis for developing the analysis of failure modes, their effects, and criticality in the context of individual products along with the known performance of their elements. The requirements for contractors, the planning and reporting needs, along with the analytical methodology are established. The linkage of this Standard to the other standards in the new family of capability-based safety, reliability, and quality assurance standards is described, and keywords for use in automating the Product FMECA process are provided.

ANSI/AIAA S-120A-2015

Mass Properties Control for Space Systems

This standard defines terminology and establishes uniform processes, procedures, and methods for the management, control, monitoring, determination, verification, and documentation of mass properties during the design and development phases of space systems, including modifications to operational systems. This standard applies to space vehicles (SVs) or spacecraft (SC), upper stage vehicles, injection stages, satellite payloads, reentry vehicles, launch vehicles (LVs), and ballistic vehicles. This standard defines a minimum set of mass properties requirements and is intended for use in developing a program specific, contractually required mass properties control plan (MPCP). When used in conjunction with the International Society of Allied Weight Engineers, Inc. (SAWE) Recommended Practice RP A-3, the two documents serve as a comprehensive reference for requirements and best practices in the field of space systems mass properties.

AIAA S-112A-2013

Qualification and Quality Requirements for Electrical Components on Space Solar Panels

This document establishes qualification and quality requirements for the electrical components integrated onto spacecraft solar panels that carry single crystal silicon solar cells or gallium arsenide solar cells having any number of junctions including those with metamorphic and inverted metamorphic structure. In this standard the term panel defines the assembly of electrical components to be tested. The standard also defines requirements for solar panel manufacturersÆ quality systems and for qualification and characterization of the electrical components on solar panels. This standard fully addresses the qualification of all panel components and the panel substrate only as they affect electrical performance. Requirements for acceptance testing are not defined in this document. In accordance with the conditions stated in this section, this standard accepts qualification and characterization by similarity when approved in writing by the customer.

AIAA S-117A-2016

Space Systems Verification Program and Management Process

This standard is an AIAA mandatory 5 year review version of the original AIAA S-117-2010. This updated version continues to be intended for commercial/noncommercial manned or unmanned space programs to achieve a key Mission Assurance goal of Robust yet Cost Effective systems by enforcing a distributed verification program for planning and executing system is built right verification activities. It provides a set of requirements that utilizes a standardized set of six verification management processes starting from the earliest phase and the lowest level of a program to develop a robust system since even a single overlooked deficiency could cause very costly late changes or catastrophic post-launch failures of any heritage/new space systems. As such, it corrects fundamental problems associated with the traditional centralized approach, those dictated by Total System Program Responsibility (TSPR), or Faster, Better, Cheaper policy that often caused program failures due to overlooking deficiencies in their systems. Finally, this verification standard facilitates the closely coordinated verification and validation (V&V) activities based on the similar distributed systems engineering processes from the earliest and the lowest system development.


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