Predicting Unintended Consequences in Space Systems Engineering
According to former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, one of the most serious shortcomings of Systems Engineering for space systems is the inability to predict unintended consequences of design decisions. This project has three parts: 1.) To determine the state-of-the-art in prediction of unintended consequences, as performed at NASA and in the aerospace industry; 2.) To identify promising unintended-consequence prediction methodologies in academia and the research community; and 3.) To outline a "roadmap" for introducing improvements for NASA and the aerospace industry.