Space Systems Working Group

Expanding Systems Engineering applications in Space Systems

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Working Group Purpose & Mission


The purpose of the Space Systems Working Group (SSWG) is to expand the body of knowledge of systems engineering as it is applied to space systems. Specifically, the purpose of the SSWG is to:
  • Promote the use of systems engineering principles, techniques, and practices in government, academic, and private industry organizations which are identified with space applications
  • Provide a forum in the professional networking of INCOSE that is pertinent to professionals in the space systems community
  • Support the INCOSE Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) Initiative by developing an MBSE Systems Modeling Language (SysML) Reference Model of a CubeSat
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Application Domains

Space Systems






David Kaslow

Alejandro Levi


The SSWG explores the application of systems engineering to space systems in government, industry, and academia.


An overarching goal for the SSWG is to increase the quality and scope of the technical and professional information available to its members and to enhance the interchange of that information between its members. A specific goal for the SSWG is to develop a CubeSat Reference Model that is distributed to and adapted by CubeSat projects and that covers an entire CubeSat project life cycle from concept to retirement.


The SSWG supports the discussion and dissemination of information between its members. The tempo and topics of contribution are determined by the level of participation by the community and availability of contributed content. A specific product provided by the SSWG is the MBSE SysML CubeSat System Reference Model. 

IW23: International Workshop Focus

The Space Systems Working Group is reaching out to the space systems engineering community to discuss and select the next areas of focus areas for the working group. 

  • Key concerns and needs in the industry
  • Working Group support for improved industry interaction
  • Potential INCOSE Technical Products

CSRM Papers and Presentations

Planned Activities

  • Continue work of CubeSat System Reference Model
  • Host recurring industry discussions
  • Determine the value of additional INCOSE Technical Products for the industry

Planned Work Products

  • Continue work of CubeSat System Reference Model including exploring Mission Engineering


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