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System engineering of complex optical systems: requirements and verification documents
Author(s): Anees Ahmad
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Paper Abstract

The performance, affordability and reliability of optical systems is dictated by following good systems engineering practices when defining the architecture, specifications and verification methods. Clearly written requirements document and associated verification documents have a direct positive impact on the development costs and schedule. These documents must convey not only the performance, environmental, reliability and lifetime requirements but also the associated processes and materials that can or cannot be used. All these requirements must be clearly spelled out while keeping the associated verification methods in mind. These well written documents enable the optical, mechanical, electrical and algorithm designers to understand how well the optical system needs to be designed to deliver its intended performance within the cost and schedule constraints. This paper describes the content that must be covered in a good requirements documents. Such a comprehensive requirements document is essential for producing sophisticated optical systems that are not only cost-effective but also deliver superior and reliable performance during their intended missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2019
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 11100, Optomechanical Engineering 2019, 111000E (30 August 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2533817
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Anees Ahmad, Raytheon Missile Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11100:
Optomechanical Engineering 2019
Keith B. Doyle; Jonathan D. Ellis, Editor(s)

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