DESIGN THINKING AND SYSTEM ENGINEERING METHODOLOGIES

USING A COMMERCIAL CISLUNAR SPACE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT AS AN EXAMPLE
Author:
Sheng-Hung Lee and John Liu
Company/School:
MIT AgeLab

 

The purpose of the study is to experiment with the core principles, processes, and tools of Design Thinking and Systems Engineering through the application of methodologies from these fields to a commercial cislunar space development project. The paper briefly describes the history of the two methodologies and discusses the process undertaken by an interdisciplinary team to address a complex system design challenge in the aerospace industry. The project resulted in the creation of a Human-Centered System Design Inspiration Toolkit to educate and inspire designers and engineers with cross-disciplinary frameworks. The paper concludes by discussing the need for a holistic design methodology and new frameworks that can address systemic challenges.

 

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