Space Systems Design
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This is an 8-week online course hosted on the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) LMS using asynchronous and synchronous elements. Each week consists of:
– 6 hours of student assignment and activities
– 2 hours of live-virtual instruction (Microsoft Teams) with a certified Space professional instructor
– Two 30-minute Q&A sessions with instructors (before and after each synchronous session)
Students complete a challenging Capstone project with a Senior Space Professional designed to test student application of knowledge.
Continuous improvements in technology and globalization of services led to the development and proliferation of advanced space systems across commercial, civil, and military sectors. Space capabilities underpin infrastructure and services for commerce, agriculture, humanitarian- and disaster-relief efforts, financial transactions, social networks, and national defense. This course builds upon the principles of orbital mechanics and spacecraft design from Space 100. Graduates of this course will clearly articulate how satellites, payloads, and constellations are designed to provide specific capabilities. Students thoroughly explore scientific concepts behind various space- based asset design, including the use of the Electromagnetic Spectrum in remote sensing, frequency allocation and budgets for satellite communications, and the intricacies of precision navigation and timing. Students will design a payload, spacecraft and its associated systems and sub-systems, and constellation for a specific purpose as well as describe the launch and orbital transfer parameters required to ultimately achieve their design. [64 Academic Hours]