A new video
about ESA's Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) shares how they apply concurrent engineering methods to assess the technical and financial feasibility of future space missions and new spacecraft concepts. Robin Biesbroek, CDF team leader, talks about the stages the group goes through (from a sketch to calculating the trajectory to detailed subsystem design of communications, propulsion and GNC) to maximize the chance of achieving project goals. The video specifically focuses on how to deflect an asteroid from its orbit within estimated cost and at the scheduled time in the "most robust, reliable way possible."
Systems Tool Kit
is one of the commercial tools in ESA's arsenal, used for concept design as seen in the video. Read Biesbroek's 2005 AGI Users' Conference presentation
about his work for the CDF analyzing different techniques for calculating lunar transfer orbits using four-body dynamics.