Date of Award

Summer 2010

Access Restriction

Campus Access only Research Projects

Degree Name

Master of Science


Systems Engineering

School or College

Seaver College of Science and Engineering


The purpose of the 3-D Model System Integrative Project is to recommend an alternative to the 2-D Drawing System. The satellite industry uses 2-D drawings to illustrate the mechanical design of spacecraft hardware. The 3-D Model System Integrative Project analyzes the use of 3-D models to illustrate the spacecraft mechanical architecture. The project compares the currently used 2-D Drawing System against the 3-D Model System. The project begins by defining twelve requirements and performing a trade study analysis. Six mission requirements and six top level requirements are defined. The trade study analyzes how the 3-D Model System and 2-D Drawing System satisfy the six mission requirements.

The project showcases the lean principles and quality methods carried out in the 3-D Model System. An assessment of software used and an evaluation of risks associated with the 3-D Model System are performed. A requirements verification plan, ethics review, cost estimation, and lessons learned from similar systems are included in the project analysis.

The project analysis concludes that the 3-D Model System exceeds the capabilities of the 2-D Drawing System. The 3-D Model System assists concurrent engineering, provides infinite viewpoints, identifies interference fits and accessibility limitations, reduces costs, and improves quality.

The research results imply that satellite system manufactures shall implement the 3-D Model System into their system engineering design process.

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