Training Courses

Training Course on Launch and Reentry Safety
16-18 May 2013, McGill's Faculty of Law, Montreal
Exact location to be announced
Over the last fifty years the methods for understanding and managing the risks associated with the launch and reentry of spacecraft have evolved significantly.  These advances have been driven by a combination of larger and more complex space boosters and decreased buffer between populated areas and launch sites.  Improved risk management has resulted from increased computational capacity and more refined modeling.  The result has been an outstanding record of protecting the public from the inherently dangerous operations of launching spacecraft.

 This course teaches the principles of launch and reentry safety analysis and risk management.  It is an enhanced version of the course first taught at US ranges and later in association with four previous IAASS conferences.  Significant enhancements over the original course include:

  1. Introduction to considerations of range safety system design,
  2. Updated material on characterizing vehicle breakup,
  3. Updated material on characterizing vehicle failure probabilities and response modes, and
  4. An extended sample analysis integrated into the course.

Through this course, engineers and program managers with a solid engineering foundation will gain an understanding of the hazards associated with space flight, the data required to quantify the hazards, methods for quantifying the risks from these operations, and effective means for mitigating the risk from launch and reentry operations.

The following concepts will be learned:

  • Approach to managing risks associated with launch operations
  • Definition of risk and risk measures (individual, collective, catastrophic); context for determining risk acceptability
  • Process to perform quantitative flight safety risk analyses
  • Sources of debris dispersion and methods of modeling
  • Modeling impact probability distributions and computing probability of impacting people, buildings, ships and aircraft
  • Consequence analyses: approaches to modeling vulnerability of people, structures, ships and aircraft and the consequences of impacting inert and explosive debris.
  • Concepts for mitigating risk, such as mission/vehicle design, ship and aircraft management, and flight termination system design.

In summary, the participant will acquire an understanding of launch and re-entry flight safety analysis, requirements and techniques, and their significance for launch and reentry approvals.

The course will be taught by Jerry Haber with support from Erik Larson and Randy Nyman.  Mr. Haber has been the lead instructor for the previous IAASS courses.  All three instructors have presented many flight safety courses to the US National Ranges and the FAA.  They have also authored key launch safety related chapters of the forthcoming Elsevier graduate level textbook SAFETY DESIGN OF SPACE OPERATIONS.

To register for this course please check the registration page.