Description of Empirical Studies

  • Hubert Anton MoserEmail author
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


In this chapter, the investigated projects, the related data collection methods, and the setup of the empirical studies are described as background for the analyses presented in Chapter 5 and Chapter 6. Section 4.1 provides an overview of the four different empirical studies, which have been conducted. The first preparatory study (PS1) is presented in Section 4.2, the second preparatory study (PS2) in Section 4.3. Both studies mainly aim at identifying possible data collection methods and analysis approaches. The third and fourth studies are the two main empirical studies, Study 1 (S1) in Section 4.4, and Study 2 (S2) in Section 4.5. Section 4.6 presents a reflection on data collection and research ethics. Section 4.7 concludes the chapter.


Team Member International Space Station Space Mission Concept Exploration Concurrent Design 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. American Psychological Association. Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. American Psychologist 57(12), 1060–1073 (2002), doi:10.1037//0003-066X.57.12.1060Google Scholar
  2. Buursink, J., Ruy, G., Schwarzenbarth, K., van Schie, B., Frappé, J., Ries, P., Moser, H.A.: Vesselsat: Building Two Microsatellites in One Year. In: European Space Agency (ed.) The 4S Symposium on Small Satellites, Services & Systems (2012)Google Scholar
  3. Campbell, B.: Overview of the GSFC Integrated Design Center (IDC): Including the Mission Design Lab (MDL) and the Instrument Design Lab (IDL) (2007)Google Scholar
  4. Fetterman, D.M.: Ethnography: Step-by-step, 3rd edn. Sage, Los Angeles (2010)Google Scholar
  5. Fleeter, R.: Design of low-cost spacecraft. In: Wertz, J.R., Larson, W.J. (eds.) Space Mission Analysis and Design. [SMAD III], pp. 853–882. Microcosm Press, Torrance (1999)Google Scholar
  6. Standard DIN EN ISO 9001:2008-12. International Organization for Standardization, Bruxelles (December 2008)Google Scholar
  7. Karpati, G., Panek, J.: Concurrent Engineering, the GSFC Integrated Design Center, and NASA’s Concurrent Engineering Working Group. GSFC Systems Engineering Seminar (January 2012)Google Scholar
  8. Mager, R., Hartmann, R.: The Satellite Design Office at Astrium - A success story of an industrial design center application. In: Negele, H. (ed.) Systems Engineering - a key to Competitive Advantage for all Industries. Proceedings of the 2nd European Systems Engineering Conference (EuSEC 2000). Utz, München (2000)Google Scholar
  9. Peter, H.: Measuring magnetic fields in the outer atmosphere - SolmeX. In: Tziotziou, K., Gontikakis, C. (eds.) Europhysics Conference Abstracts, 13th European Solar Physics Meeting, European Physical Society (2011)Google Scholar
  10. Smith, D.: Five principles for research ethics. Monitor on Psychology 34(1), 56 (2003), (retrieved )Google Scholar
  11. Tatnall, A.R.L., Farrow, J.B., Bandecchi, M., Francis, C.R.: Spacecraft system engineering. In: Fortescue, P.W., Swinerd, G., Stark, J. (eds.) Spacecraft Systems Engineering, 4th edn., pp. 643–678. Wiley, Chichester (2011)Google Scholar
  12. Timmermann, P., Di Stefano, S., Karmon, D.: The power system in a concurrent engineering environment at JPL: Team-X. In: 2003 Space Power Workshop (2003)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LuxSpace Sárl BetzdorfLuxembourg

Personalised recommendations