1st Edition

Resilient Space Systems Design An Introduction

By Ron Burch Copyright 2020
    192 Pages 98 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Recognized as a "Recommended" title by Choice for their November 2020 issue.

    Choice is a publishing unit at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACR&L), a division of the American Library Association. Choice has been the acknowledged leader in the provision of objective, high-quality evaluations of nonfiction academic writing. 

    Presenting a fundamental definition of resilience, the book examines the concept of resilience as it relates to space system design.

    The book establishes the required definitions, relates its place to existing state-of-the-art systems engineering practices, and explains the process and mathematical tools used to achieve a resilient design. It discusses a variety of potential threats and their impact upon a space system. By providing multiple, real-world examples to illustrate the application of the design methodology, the book covers the necessary techniques and tools, while guiding the reader through the entirety of the process. The book begins with space systems basics to ensure the reader is versed in the functions and components of the system prior to diving into the details of resilience. However, the text does not assume that the reader has an extensive background in the subject matter of resilience.

    This book is aimed at engineers and architects in the areas of aerospace, space systems, and space communications.

    Chapter 1 The Space System

    Chapter 2 Defining and Evaluating Resilience

    Chapter 3 Threats

    Chapter 4 Threat Mitigation

    Chapter 5 Modeling and Calculating Resilience

    Chapter 6 Designing for Resilience

    Chapter 7 Applying Resilient Design Techniques

    Chapter 8 The Future of Resilient Space System Design


    Ron Burch is the Director of Advanced Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) for the Boeing Company’s Space & Launch division. He has over 35 years of satellite systems design and development experience at the Boeing Company and Hughes Aircraft Company. He is an acknowledged subject matter expert in the emerging discipline of space system resilience and has spoken internationally on the subject. His roles have included RF and digital subsystem and payload design, systems engineering, space technology development, and leadership positions including program management. He received a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (BSEE) from California State University, Fresno, and a Master’s degree (MSEE) from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) with an emphasis in communications science. He has published multiple technical papers and is named on two U.S. patents.