A User's Guide to Choosing, Interfacing and Using Launch Vehicles|
ATI's Launch Vehicle Selection, Design,
Performance & Use course
This course provides the practical knowledge to
understand the design, performance, selection and use of
current and future (within 5 years) launch systems. The
seminar benefits space mission users and developers of
current and future launch vehicles. The seminar is
designed for designers, operators, users, and investors of
launch vehicle services of today's systems, and those of
the foreseeable future. The launch vehicles of today
include the American Athena, Atlas, Delta, Pegasus,
Taurus, Titan, and Space Shuttle. Foreign launch
vehicles and launch sites will be discussed for
comparison in terms of performance, availability,
reliability and cost. Future launch vehicles, both
expendable and reusable, will be examined for
performance, reliability and the reality of the technology
on which they depend. You will learn the details of all
major launch systems and how they stack up for various
The seminar is taught from a multi-discipline point-of-
view. What do you need to either design and develop,
or select, the proper launch vehicle, given reliability,
availability and cost trades? How does modern
technology affect the design and use of launch vehicles?
How do government controls and incentives affect the
design, operation, cost, availability, safety and reliability
of launch vehicles? What is the path of the future with
respect to space transportation in this new century?
Attendees will receive a set of printed notes. These notes
will be an excellent future reference after the seminar.
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Edward L. Keith is a multi-discipline Launch
Vehicle System Engineer, specializing in the
combination of launch vehicle technology with
economics of business case analysis. His travels have
taken him to Russia, China, Australia and many other
launch operation centers around the world. He is
currently working on advanced launch vehicles for
Boeing Corp. Mr. Keith has served 5 years on launch
operations at Vandenberg AFB, CA. He also served 5
years in Australia, evaluating all space mission
operations that originated in the Eastern Hemisphere.
Mr. Keith demonstrated all the key technology for a
small company to develop expendable launch vehicles at
more than 10-fold lower recurring and development
costs. Mr. Keith has worked on launch vehicle
technology projects from large liquid
cryogenic rocket systems, to solid
rocket motors and small storable
propellant propulsion systems. Mr.
Keith also conducts business case
analyses of space and launch vehicle
systems, using commercial criteria
for closed business solutions.
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What You Will Learn:
- Characteristics of current and proposed vehicles.
- Tradeoffs in performance and cost.
- Trends and technology of modern launch vehicles.
- Evaluation of launch vehicle design and performance.
- Understanding of why launch vehicle services are such high-cost items.
- What Comprises A Launch System. Mission planning, operational launch
sites, range operations, launch vehicle integration and payload integration.
- Launch Systems Available Today. Expendable domestic and foreign launch
systems, price estimations, payload capability and volume, orbital element
capabilities, risk factors and availability. The Space Shuttle as the only
operational example of a reusable launch vehicle.
- Launch Vehicle Systems of the Future. Alternative launch systems, that are
currently under development, what they promise, and how they promise to
provide a better mission. Will they work out?
- Evaluating Alternative Launch System Concepts. How to evaluate alternative
launch vehicles for your mission. How to evaluate future launch vehicle concepts
from the business and technical perspective. Evaluating the differences between
expendable and reusable launch vehicles, and other alternatives.
- Understanding Solid, Liquid and Hybrid Launch Vehicles. Examination of
the technical, performance and cost issues where different rocket propulsion
alternatives are integrated into a vehicle. When are solid rockets the best vehicle
choice? When are storable liquid rockets the best vehicle choice? When are
cryogenic liquid rockets the best vehicle choice? When are hybrid rockets the
best vehicle choice?
- High Technology & Launch Vehicles. How have technologies, high-performance
materials and solid state electronics been integrated into launch
vehicles? What technology is being used to design and develop new launch
vehicle systems? What is the future direction of technology in launch vehicles?
- Launch Vehicle Systems & Environments. Understanding the extreme heat and
cold environments which launch vehicles must survive. Understanding the
impact of vibration, shock, acceleration, dynamic pressure and other
environments on both the launch vehicle and payload.
- Mission Safety, Reliability and Risk Considerations. What are the drivers for
higher standards of safety and reliability? What reliability risks exist with
vehicles having limited track records? How can launch vehicles be safer for
people, property and environment along the flight path? Are there strategies to
- Strategic Thinking and the Future of Launch Vehicles. What strategies lead
to successful launch vehicles? How do you separate fact from the smoke-and-mirrors?
What strategies apply to expendable launch vehicles? What strategies
apply to reusable launch vehicles?
- Why are there Problems with Today's Launch Vehicles? Many launch
vehicles flying today have their roots in the dawn of the space age. Why has the
operation of delivering payloads to space remained both unreliable and costly?
Tuition for this three-day course is $1740 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.