ATI's Space Environment - Implications for Spacecraft Design course
Adverse interactions between the space environment
and an orbiting spacecraft may lead to a degradation of
spacecraft subsystem performance and possibly even
loss of the spacecraft itself. This two-day course presents an
introduction to the space environment and its effect on
spacecraft. Emphasis is placed on problem solving
techniques and design guidelines that will provide the
student with an understanding of how space environment
effects may be minimized through proactive spacecraft
Each student will receive a copy of the course text, a
complete set of course notes, including copies of all
viewgraphs used in the presentation, and a
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Who Should Attend:
Engineers who need to know how to design
systems with adequate performance margins, program
managers who oversee spacecraft survivability tasks,
and scientists who need to understand how
environmental interactions can affect instrument
Review of the Course Text:
“There is, to my knowledge, no other book that
provides its intended readership with an comprehensive
and authoritative, yet compact and accessible, coverage
of the subject of spacecraft environmental engineering.”
— James A. Van Allen, Regent Distinguished Professor,
University of Iowa.
Recent Attendee Comments:
“I got exactly what I wanted from this course –
an overview of the spacecraft environment.The
charts outlining the interactions and synergism
were excellent.The list of references is extensive
and will be consulted often.”
“Broad experience over many design teams
allowed for excellent examples of applications
of this information.”
- Introduction. Spacecraft Subsystem Design, Orbital Mechanics, The
Solar-Planetary Relationship, Space Weather.
- The Vacuum Environment. Basic Description – Pressure vs. Altitude,
Solar UV Radiation.
- Vacuum Environment Effects. Pressure Differentials. Solar UV Degradation, Molecular
Contamination, Particulate Contamination.
- The Neutral Environment. Basic Atmospheric Physics, Elementary
Kinetic Theory, Hydrostatic Equilibrium, Neutral Atmospheric Models.
- Neutral Environment Effects. Aerodynamic Drag, Sputtering, Atomic
Oxygen Attack, Spacecraft Glow.
- The Plasma Environment. Basic Plasma Physics - Single Particle
Motion, Debye Shielding, Plasma Oscillations.
- Plasma Environment Effects. Spacecraft Charging, Arc Discharging, Effects on Instrumentation.
- The Radiation Environment. Basic Radiation Physics, Stopping
Charged Particles, Stopping Energetic Photons, Stopping Neutrons.
- Radiation in Space. Trapped Radiation Belts, Solar Proton Events,
Galactic Cosmic Rays, Hostile Environments.
- Radiation Environment Effects. Total Dose Effects - Solar Cell
Degradation, Electronics Degradation; Single Event Effects - Upset,
Latchup, Burnout; Dose Rate Effects.
- . The Micrometeoroid and Orbital Debris Environment.
Hypervelocity Impact Physics, Micrometeoroids, Orbital Debris.
- Additional Topics. Environmental Space Station; Models and Tools; Available
Tuition for this two-day course is $1295 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 email@example.com.