Topics Covered in this Course Include:

1. Astrodynamics and Mission Design

- Review of Elementary Astrodynamics

- Trajectory and Maneuver Design

- Low Thrust (Electric Propulsion) Trajectories

- Non-Ideal Effects

- Constellation Design Principles

- Launch Vehicle Selection Issues

- The Role of Mission Design on a Space Project Team

       - Real World Examples and Case Studies

2. Theory and Practice of Spacecraft Propulsion

- Definitions of Propulsion System Performance Parameters

- Survey of Types of Propulsion Systems

- Descriptions with Mass and Power Estimates of Propulsion System Components

- Propulsion System Schematics and Equipment Lists

- Performance of Common Propulsion Systems

- Bi-Propellant Chemical Propulsion

- Cold Gas Systems

- Monopropellant Systems

- Electric Propulsion Systems

- Real World Examples and Case Studies

3. Attitude Determination and Control Systems (ADCS)

- Definitions of ADCS Terminology and Performance Parameters

- Overview of Pointing System Functions and Approach

- Review of Types of Pointing System Sensors

- Review of Types of Pointing System Effectors

- Description of Controller Algorithms

- Review of ADCS Architectures

- Real World Examples and Case Studies

4. Space Flight Information Systems

- Definitions of Information System Terminology and Performance Parameters

- Flight Information System Hardware

- Flight Memory Systems

- Flight Processors

- Data buses and Input Output Devices

- Digital Signal Processors

- Flight Hardware Architectures

- Flight Information System Software

- Approaches to Software System Development

- Software Documentation

- Spiral versus Waterfall Development

- Theory of Object Oriented Software

- Flight Software Development Cost Estimation

- Trends in Flight Information Systems

- Real World Examples and Case Studies

5. Space Power System Technologies

- Definitions of Power System Terminology and Performance Parameters

- Overview of Power System Functional Design

- Energy Storage Technologies

- Power Generation Technologies Including Solar and Nuclear

- Power Management and Distribution Systems

- Future Trends in Power Technologies

- Lithium Batteries

- Multi-band-gap Photovoltaic (PV)

- Advanced Power Management and Distribution (PMAD)

- Real World Examples and Case Studies

6. Spacecraft Thermal Control

- Definitions of Thermal Terminology and Performance Parameters

- Overview of Thermal Functional Design

- Elements of Thermal Control Systems

- Heat Pipes and Other Multiphase Fluid Systems

- Surface Treatments and Coatings

- Conductors and Insulators

- System Level Energy Balance

- Thermal Analysis Computer Models and Tools

- Thermal Testing

- Real World Examples and Case Studies

7. Space Telecommunications

- Definitions of Telecom Terminology and Performance Parameters

- Overview of Telecom Functional Architecture

- Elements of Telecommunications Systems

- Antennae

- Amplifiers

[Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs) and Traveling Wave Tube Assemblies (TWTAs)]

8. How to Construct a Link Budget

- Modulation and Coding Performance

- Real World Examples and Case Studies

9. Configuration and Structural Design

- Definitions of Configuration and Structural Design Terminology

- Overview of Configuration and Structural Design

- Configuration and Structural Design Drivers

- Prelaunch

- Launch

- Operations

- Classic Spacecraft Structural Architectures

- Spacecraft Materials Selection Issues and Options

- Real World Examples and Case Studies

10. Structural Analysis for Space Flight Systems

- Definitions of Structural Analysis Parameters

- Rules of Thumb of Structural Mass Estimation

- Applications of Miles Equation

- Mass-Acceleration Curve Analysis

- Overview of Finite Element Modeling Techniques

- How to Estimate Loads from Pyro Shock

- Real World Examples and Case Studies

11. Fundamentals of Systems Engineering:

- Approaches to Architecture Definition

- Interface Management

- Configuration Control

- Requirements Definition and Flow

- Trade Space Definition and Management

- Managing Design Trades

12. Fundamentals of Project Planing and Management

- Elements of an Effective Project Plan

- Best Practices for Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Development

- Earned Value Systems

- Team Leadership and Coordination

- Approaches to Cost Estimation

13. The Art of Technical Team Leadership

- Real Plans versus "Cargo-Cult" Plans

- Creating a Shared Vision for Success

- Getting and Keeping Team Buy-In

- How to Manage Institutional Interfaces

- Running Technical Team Meetings for Results

- Running Effective Technical Reviews

- Motivating Technical Experts to Perform

- Adjusting Management Style and Team Structure to Fit the Job

- Basic Research

- System Design

- Product Development

Coverage of each subject area includes, but is not limited to:

- Definitions of common terminology used by design and analysis teams

- Descriptions of common assemblies, components, and approaches

- A mathematical description of engineering principles

- Descriptions of interfaces with other spacecraft and mission systems

- An overview of the discipline of the integrated design approach and its role in the larger mission and system design problem

- Example calculations based on today’s commercial communications satellites

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