ATI's Space Systems Fundamentals course
This four-day course provides an overview of the
fundamentals of concepts and technologies of
modern spacecraft systems design. Satellite system
and mission design is an essentially
interdisciplinary sport that combines engineering,
science, and external phenomena. We will
concentrate on scientific and engineering
foundations of spacecraft systems and interactions
among various subsystems. Examples show how to
quantitatively estimate various mission elements
(such as velocity increments) and conditions
(equilibrium temperature) and how to size major
spacecraft subsystems (propellant, antennas,
transmitters, solar arrays, batteries). Real examples
are used to permit an understanding of the systems
selection and trade-off issues in the design process.
The fundamentals of subsystem technologies
provide an indispensable basis for system
engineering. The basic nomenclature, vocabulary,
and concepts will make it possible to converse with
understanding with subsystem specialists.
The course is recommended for engineers, scientists, or managers who wish to broaden their perspectives and capabilities.
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Dr. Mike Gruntman is Professor of
Astronautics at the University of Southern
California. He is a specialist in astronautics, space
technology, sensors, and space physics. Gruntman
participates in several theoretical and experimental
programs in space science and space technology,
including space missions. He authored and coauthored
more 200 publications in various areas of
astronautics, space physics, and instrumentation.
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What You Will Learn:
- Common space mission and spacecraft bus
configurations, requirements, and constraints.
- Common orbits.
- Fundamentals of spacecraft subsystems and their
- How to calculate velocity increments for typical
- How to calculate required amount of propellant.
- How to design communications link..
- How to size solar arrays and batteries.
- How to determine spacecraft temperature.
- Space Missions And Applications. Science, exploration,
commercial, national security. Customers.
- Space Environment And Spacecraft Interaction. Universe, galaxy,
solar system. Coordinate systems. Time. Solar cycle. Plasma.
Geomagnetic field. Atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere.
Atmospheric drag. Atomic oxygen. Radiation belts and shielding.
- Orbital Mechanics And Mission Design. Motion in gravitational
field. Elliptic orbit. Classical orbit elements. Two-line element
format. Hohmann transfer. Delta-V requirements. Launch sites.
Launch to geostationary orbit. Orbit perturbations. Key orbits:
geostationary, sun-synchronous, Molniya.
- Space Mission Geometry. Satellite horizon, ground track, swath.
- Spacecraft And Mission Design Overview. Mission design
basics. Life cycle of the mission. Reviews. Requirements.
Technology readiness levels. Systems engineering.
- Mission Support. Ground stations. Deep Space Network (DSN).
STDN. SGLS. Space Laser Ranging (SLR). TDRSS.
- Attitude Determination And Control. Spacecraft attitude.
Angular momentum. Environmental disturbance torques. Attitude
sensors. Attitude control techniques (configurations). Spin axis
precession. Reaction wheel analysis.
- Spacecraft Propulsion. Propulsion requirements. Fundamentals
of propulsion: thrust, specific impulse, total impulse. Rocket
dynamics: rocket equation. Staging. Nozzles. Liquid propulsion
systems. Solid propulsion systems. Thrust vector control. Electric
- Launch Systems. Launch issues. Atlas and Delta launch families.
Acoustic environment. Launch system example: Delta II.
- Space Communications. Communications basics. Electromagnetic
waves. Decibel language. Antennas. Antenna gain. TWTA and SSA.
Noise. Bit rate. Communication link design. Modulation techniques.
Bit error rate.
- Spacecraft Power Systems. Spacecraft power system elements.
Orbital effects. Photovoltaic systems (solar cells and arrays).
Radioisotope thermal generators (RTG). Batteries. Sizing power
- Thermal Control. Environmental loads. Blackbody concept.
Planck and Stefan-Boltzmann laws. Passive thermal control.
Coatings. Active thermal control. Heat pipes.
Tuition for this four-day course is $1990 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.