This two-day course provides an overview of the
fundamentals of concepts and technologies of modern
spacecraft systems design and operation. Satellite system
and mission design is an essentially interdisciplinary
enterprise that combines engineering, science, and
external phenomena. We will concentrate on scientific
and engineering foundations of spacecraft subsystems.
The fundamentals of subsystem technologies provide an
indispensable basis for systems engineering. The basic
nomenclature, vocabulary, and concepts will make it
possible for the students to converse with understanding
with subsystem specialists. Case studies will be used to
illustrate real world examples.
The course is designed for individuals who are involved
in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating
space systems and spacecraft subsystems and
components. The extensive set of course notes provide a
concise reference for understanding, designing, and
operating modern spacecraft. The course will appeal to
engineers, managers and technicians with diverse
backgrounds and varying levels of experience.
For more than 30 years, Thomas S. Logsdon, M. S., has worked
on the Navstar GPS and other related technologies at the Naval
Ordinance Laboratory, McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed Martin,
Boeing Aerospace, and Rockwell International. His research
projects and consulting assignments have included the Transit
Navigation Satellites, The Tartar and Talos shipboard missiles,
and the Navstar GPS. In addition, he has helped put astronauts on
the moon and guide their colleagues on rendezvous missions
headed toward the Skylab capsule.
Some of his more challenging assignments have centered around
constellation coverage studies, GPS performance enhancement,
military applications, spacecraft survivability, attitude
determination differential navigation, booster rocket performance
Tom Logsdon has taught short courses and lectured in 31
different countries. He has written and published 40 technical
papers and journal articles. He is also the author of 29 technical
books on various engineering and scientific subjects. These
include Understanding the Navstar, Orbital Mechanics: Theory
and Applications, Mobile Communication Satellites, and The
Navstar Global Positioning System.