What is a System?

A system is a set of components organized to satisfy specified objectives.

These components may include hardware, software, people, and facilities.

Read about the Hubble Space Telescope - An expensive repair could have been side-stepped if a few simple tests had been conducted. Hubble Space Telescope Lunar Rover Vehicle The Lunar Rover Vehicle is an example where careful systems engineering led to a spectacular success.
The Apollo 13 near disaster might have been avoided if the upgrading of just one system component had not been overlooked. Apollo 13 You can explore a real systems engineering project (a robot lawn mower) being developed at GMU.


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