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Design of complex systems - 2021

Critical on-board systems

An overview of the aeronautical, space and automobile sectors


The aim of this course is to introduce the various issues and engineering methods of integrated systems found in various transport vehicles (aircraft, cars, satellites, etc.), critical from the point of view of dependability, financial impact, service availability, branding, etc.

The subject is approached from two angles: through the different sectors (aeronautics, space, automobile, etc.) and through cross-disciplines (operating safety, software engineering, electronics, electromagnetic compatibility, etc.) that must be mastered in order to build trusted systems.

Courses are taught by experts in critical on-board systems and their industrial implementation.


The course lasts 5 days (30 hours) and includes 6 modules.


Each industry develops its standards and best practices to efficiently produce on-board systems that meet the constraints of production and use of aircraft, satellites or automobiles.

This course aims to highlight the specificities of each sector and the gateways that can be established through education and illustrated by numerous examples.

In addition, taking into account the operational security of systems requires both a holistic analysis of all the functions performed by a system, and specific analysis, dependent on the technologies (software, hardware, etc.) used to create the systems.

The course also highlights the connection between various industries/professions.


Course level: Basic-level 

Engineer in the field of dependability with a knowledge of systems.


Christel SEGUIN:

Senior Research Fellow at ONERA.


This course is offered in partnership with the SEE (Société de l'Électricité, de l'Électronique et des Technologies de l'information et de la communication or the Society of Electricity, Electronics and Information Technologies and Communication), a non-profit organization.


  • Overview of the different types of system
    • Aircraft systems
    • Spatial systems
    • Automobile systems
  • Applicable safety standards
    • History of current aeronautical practices and standards ARP4754A/4761
    • The philosophy of ECSS in space
    • ISO26262 automotive industry standard
    • Comparison
  • Software and quality assurance
    • The development of aircraft software and its certification
    • The development of space software and its V & V
    • The development of automotive software and its V & V
  • Electronics and their quality assurance
    • Aircraft electronics: quality over time
    • Space electronics: quality in a hostile environment
    • Electronics for cars: mass production and quality at the best price
  • System integration and electromagnetic compatibility
    • General context
    • Overview of electromagnetic aggression
    • Interaction on on-board hardware and software
    • Balanced, global and coherent hardening
  • Human-system interaction
    • General concepts of human-system interaction
    • Airplane cockpits
    • Satellite operation
    • Automobile cockpits


Scheduled in French:

TOULOUSE: 13 to 17 December 2021


For the English realization, please, consult us.


€1,950 excluding tax (20% VAT)

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