ESMD Course Material : Fundamentals of Lunar and Systems Engineering for Senior Project Teams, with Application to a Lunar Excavator

Contact: David Beale,

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This section contains links to useful resources, present on this website or elsewhere on the web.  Resources are categorized by relevant chapter.  References to material available in your library, but not on this website or the web, are included at the end of each chapter of the handbook.

Chapter 1:  Introduction to Lunar Excavator Design for Senior Project Students Chapter1.htm

Chapter 1 Power Point Presentation:  CHAP1Introduction.ppt

The Lunar and Planetary Institute:

The Lunar Missions Timeline at the Lunar and Planetary Institute:

The Lunar Sourcebook, A User's Guide to the Moon, by Heiken,G.T., Vaniman,D.T., French,B.M.,  Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas, 1991.   This is an indispensible resource about the lunar environment, surface properties, regolith and chemistry obtained from the Apollo missions.  It is available as a CD from the Lunar and Planetary Institute at the following link:

 Outpost Science and Exploration Working Group – Lunar Architecture Update  (September 2007)

Global Exploration Strategy: The Framework for Coordination Theme 2: A Sustained Presence – Extending Human Frontiers  (May 2007)

NASA resources such as the Lunar E-Library and Technical Memos, etc.

Chapter 2:  Systems Engineering – The Systems Design Process Chapter2.htm

Chapter 2 PowerPoint Presentatation:  Chapter_2_Power_Point_Presentation_ppt , Chapter_2_Power_Point_Presentation_pdf

The NASA Systems Engineering Handbook is the basis for the material presented in Chapter 2.

Site Documents/NASA SP-2007-6105.pdf


The NASA reference on the 11 Systems Engineering Function:

Site Documents/GPG7120.5.pdf

Lisa Guerra has worked at NASA for 20 years on Systems Engineering projects, and recently has been on assignment at the University of Texas where she developed and piloted a full semester course on Systems Engineering in the Aerospace Engineering Department.   In the future this material may be available on the web.

Systems Engineering has been around a long time, as this article from 1968 shows.   The point of the article is: don't take Systems Engineering's detailed methodology too seriously, so seriously that design innovation is impeded by the process.  Engineering "Art and excitement" should not be replaced by overly excessive attachment to Systems Engineering techniques and tools.   
Site Documents/Frosch on System Engineering.pdf

Similar "warnings" about Systems Engineering as above in this presentation by Joe Bonometti

PowerPoint Presentation

This site has a number of case study examples of Systems Engineering Application:

INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) documents:


DoD Systems Engineering Handbook 01-01.pdf

Chapter 3:  Systems Engineering Example of a Cube Satellite Chapter3.htm

Chapter 3 PowerPoint Presentatation: Chapter 3: Cube Satellite Example

The site for the reports on the cube satellite example used throughout this chapter:

Chapter 4:  Systems Engineering Tools  Chapter4.htm

Chapter 4 PowerPoint Presentatation:  Chapter_4_Power_Points

Gantt Charts and WBS file examples created in PROJECT:

Site Documents/WBSinPROJECT.mpp   

Site Documents/MSProjectMECH4240Su09.mpp


Gantt Charts and schedule created in EXCEL by student teams:

Site Documents/Gantt_WBS.xlsx

Site Documents/ganttchartexample.xls

Chapter 5:  The Lunar Environment and Issues for Engineering Design  Chapter5.htm

Chapter 5 PowerPoint Presentatation: Chapter_5_Power_Points

The Four Things to Know About the Geotechnical Properties of Lunar Soil.

Lunar Regolith, Geiss, J., Engineering, Construction and Operations in Space V, Space'96: Proceeding of 5th International Conference, Albuequerque, NM, 1996, p.630-638

Site Documents/Geis.pdf

Chapter 6:  Component and Material Selection Chapter6.htm

Chapter 6 PowerPoint Presentation: Chapter_6_Power_Points

A Review of Mining Technology for Space:

Lunar Surface Equipment Mining Study, Podnieks, E., Siekmaier, J., Engineering, Construction and Operations in Space III, Space'92: Proceeding of 3rd International Conference, Denver, Colorado, 1992, p. 1104-1115

Site Documents/illiad1.pdf


Lunar Source Book - see the resources above for Chapter 1

Proceedings of the Aerospace Mechanisms Symposia.

AIAA S-114-2005, Moving Mechanical Assemblies for Space and Launch Vehicles (AIAA, Reston, VA).   Can be purchased at

NASA Space Mechanisms Handbook (NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH).   This is a CD that American citizens can receive at

Design and Development Requirements for Mechanisms, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA-STD-5017, 2006.

Apollo Lunar Surface Journal,

European Cooperation for Space Standardization, Space Engineering, Part 3: Mechanisms, April 2000


 Lunar Mobility Review, D. Kring


Lunar Rover Operations Handbook


Batteries and Fuel Cells in Space

Site Documents/Batteries & Fuel Cells In Space (Legacy).pdf

Saft Lithium Ion Batteries

 Site Documents/Saft Lithium Ion Battery.pdf


Ultraflex Solar Arrays

Site Documents/Ultraflex Solar Array.pdf

Chapter 7:  Thermal Considerations of Lunar Based Systems Chapter7.htm

Site Documents/Load Tables.xls

Chapter 8:  Computer-Aided Engineering Tools Chapter8.htm

ADAMS Multibody Dynamics Simulation Software:


Dynamic Designer Software: