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The Catchphrase At The Time When Solving Problems Was “Slide Rule Accuracy”

Paul Turner on January 28, 2010 – 10:03 am

I learned how to use a slide rule when I entered college in 1968 and majored in physics. The catchphrase at the time when solving problems was “slide rule accuracy,” which really was pretty good if you were careful. While in graduate school in 1972 or 1973 I even taught a class on using the slide rule at the local community college in Louisville.

As I recall the HP-35 was about $400 when introduced so only the Physcis Department could afford one, certainly not an poor, underpaid Graduate Teaching Assistant. I did have a few students who paid $100 for a four-function calculator! In 1974, my first employer paid half the cost of a scientific calculator. My how times have changed!

I still have my slide rule, but I’m not sure where it is right now. (And, no, I never walked around with my slide rule clipped to my belt.)

Did You Ever Use A Slide Rule ?

A group of engineers were discussing old ways of calculating things and the slide rule came up. Engineers used slide rules to multiply, divide and calculate roots of numbers. Slide rules used logarithmic scales. Bob Hannon of JHU/APL put together a good presentation on the history of slide rulers.

H-P introduced the HP-35 calculator in Feb 1972. Slide rules rapidly become obsolete. The electronic calculate then laid the groundwork for the personal computer. The first complete personal computer was the Commodore PET introduced in January 1977. It was soon followed by the popular Apple II and then the IBM personal computer (PC).

Slide rule information has an excellent tutorial on how to use a slide rule, with an on-screen slide-rule simulator if you don’t have your own slide rule.

NASA Data for Climate Warming Says Warming Continues for Decade Ending 2009

Global warning continues to make the news. Do you think
1. Global warming is proven?
2. Are the costs associated with Cap and Trade reasonable?

NASA WASHINGTON — A new analysis of global surface temperatures by NASA scientists finds the past year was tied for the second warmest since 1880. In the Southern Hemisphere, 2009 was the warmest year on record.

Although 2008 was the coolest year of the decade because of a strong La Nina that cooled the tropical Pacific Ocean, 2009 saw a return to a near-record global temperatures as the La Nina diminished, according to the new analysis by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. The past year was a small fraction of a degree cooler than 2005, the warmest on record, putting 2009 in a virtual tie with a cluster of other years –1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, and 2007 — for the second warmest on record.

“There’s always interest in the annual temperature numbers and a given year’s ranking, but the ranking often misses the point,” said James Hansen, GISS director. “There’s substantial year-to-year variability of global temperature caused by the tropical El Nino-La Nina cycle.
When we average temperature over five or ten years to minimize that variability, we find global warming is continuing unabated.”

January 2000 to December 2009 was the warmest decade on record.
Looking back to 1880, when modern scientific instrumentation became available to monitor temperatures precisely, a clear warming trend is present, although there was a leveling off between the 1940s and 1970s.

In the past three decades, the GISS surface temperature record shows an upward trend of about 0.36 degrees F (0.2 degrees C) per decade.
In total, average global temperatures have increased by about 1.5 degrees F (0.8 degrees C) since 1880.

“That’s the important number to keep in mind,” said GISS climatologist Gavin Schmidt. “The difference between the second and sixth warmest years is trivial because the known uncertainty in the temperature measurement is larger than some of the differences between the warmest years.”

Radar Theory and ATIcourses Technical Training

This is an interesting link about radar theory. ATIcourses provide many courses related to practical applications of radar to defense for airborne, ship and ground-based radar.

The Radar Theory Pages are taken from the R.A.F Standard Technical Training Notes (STTN) AP3302 Part 3 (2nd edition), the manual used in Royal Air Force Apprentice training from the mid 1960’s to the early 1970’s. The original document is quite out of date now, some of the symbols used are no longer in use for example and valves are mostly a distant memory. Eventually I hope to add appendices that reflect current practice but for the mean time I want to recreate the feel of the original manual.
I have endeavored to recreate the layout and page numbering of the original manual in order to retain the “feel” of the original. To support this “feel” I have placed buttons at the bottom of each page that allow the user to got to the next page, the previous page or return to the top of the current page. Therefore this section works like a book, just turn the page when you reach the bottom. To facilitate navigation I will include the contents and index pages complete with hypertext links eventually, in the mean time you will find links to the various sections on the left hand panel
The original document contains over 650 pages. This represents a lot of work with the PC and the scanner in order to get it all into HTML. I use Textbridge to scan the text and Paintshop Pro and MS Photoeditor to scan and manipulate the images. Please be patient, I’m sure I’ll get all 650 pages onto the network eventually!

These pages are not intended to be a treatise on radar techniques! It is more like a dictionary than an encyclopedia; acronyms will be spelt out, techniques and terms will be briefly explained. For more information get the books out and RTFM!

Ace d’ Base At the top of the profession, no one on the site can better this fellow!
AFC Automatic Frequency Control
Agile A radar system capable of rapidly jumping from one frequency to another. Used to defeat spot jamming.
Airway Controlled airspace in the form of a road in the sky. In the UK the airway is usually identified by a colour and a number ie Red 01, Green 15 etc. (A rich source of targets)
AMES Air Ministry Experimental Station, as in AMES Type 80 and so on.
AN/FPS-6 US built height finding radar. AKA “Nodding Horror”
AN/xxx-xx US military equipment designation – see next glossary page for full details
Ana-Prop Anomalous Propagation of radar signals that causes ground returns and targets to be seen out to greater than normal distances – or not at all!. Often caused by refraction of the signal in the atmosphere in regions of high pressure
Angels Height in thousands of feet, ie Angels 15 = 15,000 feet. (This term was also used in the early days of radar to describe returns caused by large flocks of birds. In those days they didn’t know what caused these returns, so if they weren’t aircraft they must be angels!)

Professional Education and Continuing Education in Sciences

Science News carried an interesting article on Professional Education and Continuing Education in Sciences in the June 20, 2009. The article emphasizes the growing number of jobs for people who have knowledge in both of these fields. New college graduates can earn a Professional Science Master’s degree at 71 universities.

ATIcourses offers courses in science, engineering and business skills such as systems engineering and project management that provide the same skills. These technical training programs are often paid for by the employer who requires these technical skills. Technical skills covered are acoustics, radar, sonar, and satellite design. Business related skills courses include systems engineering and project management.

Will the Professional Science Master’s, the science-based professional degree created nine decades after the MBA, manage to meet the needs of 21st century private and public enterprises? That’s the view (and hope) of the directors of 134 PSM programs at 71 universities, their employer partners and the 2,500 math/science graduates now enrolled.

The PSM is intended for math and science graduates bent on careers at the intersection of science and management. In large public and private enterprises, PSMers serve as lab and project managers and/or work in close collaboration with specialists in finance, intellectual property or regulatory affairs. In smaller startups, they carry responsibilities in both science and management. And in the public sector, their value is just now beginning to be recognized.

Judging by the successful hiring record of graduates, PSMers appear to be getting jobs that need to be filled.

“It’s best to think about the PSM not as a step down from the Ph.D. but as a step up from the bachelor’s,” says Bogdan Vernescu, the founding president of the National Professional 
Science Master’s Association. Eugene Levy, Rice University provost, goes further: “The master’s degree will evolve to become the normal expectation of professional careers.”

Acoustics and Sonar Classic Books

Classic Acoustics and Sonar books for from Peninsula Publishing Los Altos Hills, California USA

Many of these texts were written by current or retired ATIcourse instructors and several of the textbooks are given out free as part of the ATI sponsored short course on the subject.

June 2009
Principles of Underwater Sound, Third edition. Robert J. Urick. The most widely used book on underwater acoustics and sonar published today. This book continues to be the standby of practicing engineers, scientists, underwater systems managers and students. Its contents lie squarely in the middle between theory at one end and practical technology at the other. Principles summarizes fundamentals, effects and phenomena of underwater sound and their application to sonar. It provides numerical, quantitative data for the solution of practical problems. 229 figures; 23 tables; 673 references. Detailed index pinpoints data and explanations instantly. Problem section with solutions.
Hardcover. 444 pages. ISBN: 9780932146625

Mechanics of Underwater Noise. Donald Ross. Most authoritative book on fundamentals of underwater noise radiated by ships, submarines, torpedoes. Stresses physical explanations of mechanisms by which noise is generated, transmitted by structures and radiated into the sea.
Hardcover. 375 pages. ISBN: 9780932146168

Sediment Acoustics. Robert D. Stoll. Seminal book addressing Biot Theory for the modeling of acoustic behavior of ocean sediments. Written for seismic-acousticians in the geo-exploration, engineering, oceanographic and underwater sound communities. Stoll, a respected leader in marine geoacoustics for more than forty years, added a brief preface and updated selected bibliography to this second printing of his book, first published in 1989. Sediment Acoustics provides an excellent introduction to Biot Theory, the physics underlying the model parameters, and experimentally measurable predictions of the theory. The book constitutes a major synthesis for non-specialists: the results of laboratory, in-situ and numerical modeling studies of seismic-acoustic wave propagation, reflection and attenuation in two-phase poro-visco-elastic media. Includes tutorial sections and references for new researchers in seismic modeling, quantitative seismic stratigraphy, offshore marine geotechnique, underwater acoustics and sonar, and ground-interacting aeroacoustics.
Softcover. 172 pages. ISBN: 9780932146144

Underwater Electroacoustic Transducers. Dennis Stansfield. This reprint is a practical handbook for users and designers of underwater transducers. It has been an authoritative text in the field since first published by the Bath University Press in 1991. Design methods are illustrated by concentrating on the design of piezoelectric transducers in the 2 – 20 kHz range, most commonly used in sonar systems. Designs for frequencies below this range are also discussed. Treatment is down-to-earth and avoids complex mathematics. Topics include the role of the transducer as an element of the complete system; wide bandwidth, high power transmitter applications; wide band hydrophones; characteristics of piezoelectric and magnetostrictive materials; and transducer testing. For the user, the wide range of topics and practical approach of the book help him to identify the most important features of the requirement and assist him in drawing up realistic specifications. For the designer, the book describes the necessary theoretical and practical aspects involved in developing a transducer to most effectively suit the application and it discusses the main features of the various types of designs.
Softcover. 429 pages. ISBN: 9780932146724

Introduction to the Theory and Design of Sonar Transducers. Oscar Bryan Wilson. Written in 1985 as a text at the Naval Postgraduate School, this book provides a complete treatment of the fundamentals of transducer theory and design using equivalent circuit techniques. Subjects addressed: introductory baseline and definitions, equivalent circuits, properties of materials: piezoelectric and magnetorestrictive, hydrophone design and transducer arrays.
Hardcover. 202 pages. ISBN: 9780932146229

Underwater Electroacoustic Measurements. Robert J. Bobber. Theory and practice of measuring electroacoustic parameters such as response, sensitivity, directivity, impedance, efficiency, linearity and noise limits of transducers used in sonars.
Hardcover. 341 pages. ISBN: 9780932146199

Matched Field Processing for Underwater Acoustics. Alexandra Tolstoy. Published by the World Scientific Publishing Company in 1993. The author was with the Naval Research Laboratory. Matched Field Processing is the process of cross-correlation of a measured field with a modeled, predicted or replica field to determine a set of input parameters that yield the highest correlation. Typically, input parameters in to a selected sound propagation model would include candidate range, bearing and depth of a source relative to the receiving array. The sound propagation model might be defined by environmental data such as sound speed profiles, bottom and surface conditions, tides, and composition of the water. The matched field processing (MFP) would be employed to determine the location of the source – the exact relative range, bearing and depth of the source. This book is for scientists and engineers who are familiarizing themselves with MFP and those in need of detailed information about the process. The first two chapters address a brief history of MFP and discuss other types of processors used in underwater acoustics. The third chapter discusses where errors in MFP solutions occur due to errors in the propagation model. Chapter 4 gives the reader a familiarity of how linear and minimum variance processors perform under a wide range of conditions. And the last chapter addresses broadband processing, source movement, and multiple sources.
Hardcover. 228 pages. ISBN: 9789810210595

Space-Time Information Processing. Charles Loda and A. Winder. Classic reference for signal processing and data analysis for acoustic and sonar engineering. Features Fourier transforms, statistical analyses, spectra and correlation. Valuable chapters address spatially and temporally limited functions, optimal filtering procedures, and interpretation of results.
Hardcover. 192 pages. ISBN: 9780932146045

Transducers and Arrays for Underwater Sound. Charles H. Sherman and John Butler. This book is published by Springer, released in 2007, and sold by Peninsula Publishing. This is the most recent and complete book on the theory and design of underwater transducers in print today. Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research of the U. S. Navy. This book addresses the theory, development and design of electroacoustic transducers for underwater applications. It is more comprehensive than any existing book in this field. It includes the basics of the six major types of electroacoustic transducers and shows why piezoelectric ceramic transducers are the most suitable for underwater sound. It presents the basic acoustic concepts and models needed in transducer and transducer array development, and discusses most currently used transducer designs. It analyzes nonlinear effects and describes methods of transducer evaluation and measurement. The extensive Appendix and numerous diagrams provide an up to date source for use by students and practicing engineers and scientists.
Hardcover. 630 pages. ISBN: 9780387329406

Underwater Acoustic System Analysis, Second Edition. William S. Burdic. Provides a comprehensive exploration of underwater acoustics, acoustic signal generation, and acoustic signal processing for systems analysts, systems engineers and sonar engineers. This book is a reprint of the second edition published in 1991 and is still a classic text in the field. Updated and expanded in 1991, this edition contains all the valuable information it its earlier text plus a detailed discussion of adaptive processing as applied to spatial filtering. You will also find review sections on Fourier analysis, correlation, random processes and hypothesis testing. Highlights include: generation and propagation of compressional acoustic waves in the ocean; narrow band signatures of surface ships caused by cavitating propeller blades and diesel engine firing; optimization of signal-to-noise ratio and spatial resolution in the presence of multiple signals; ambient noise in the ocean; and examples of system performance.
Softcover. 489 pages. ISBN: 9780932146632

Sonar Engineering Handbook. Harrison T. Loeser. Fundamentals and
engineering formulas dealing with sonar, signal processing, sound transmission, noise generation, vibration control and elastomers. Each formula is briefly explained in an associated paragraph with references provided for detailed follow up.
Softcover. 216 pages. ISBN: 9780932146595

Ambient Noise in the Sea. Robert J. Urick. Examines significant aspects of ambient noise beneath sea’s surface: definition; measurement; sources; variation. Essential for work in sonar systems.
Hardcover. 205 pages. ISBN: 9780932146137

Sound Propagation in the Sea. Robert J. Urick. Overviews underwater sound propagation, multipath, deep sound channel, sea surface reflections scattering, attenuation, absorption, modeling.
Hardcover. 225 pages. ISBN: 9780932146083

Physics of Sound in the Sea. Milestone work on undersea sound propagation resulting from the World War II studies. Discusses transmission loss, target strength and echoes from subs/surface ships, sound transmission through wakes, etc.
Hardcover. 577 pages. ISBN: 9780932146244

Side Scan Sonar Record Interpretation. Charles Mazel. Training manual produced by Klein Associates, Inc., manufacturer of side scan sonars. Applies to interpretation of all commercial side scan sonars. The 144 figures and photographs of actual sonar records depict mine and ship targets, shadows, clutter, noise, wakes and dolphins.
Softcover. 146 pages. ISBN: 9780932146502

Noise Reduction. Edited by Leo L. Beranek. Classic book of fundamentals of noise control and noise reduction for the general engineer. Elementary beginnings leading to the advanced aspects of noise reduction for offices, residences, auditoriums and transportation vehicles. Case histories and abundant references.
Hardcover. 776 pages. ISBN: 9780932146588

Collected Papers on Acoustics. Wallace Clement Sabine, the Father of Architectural Acoustics. Acoustic problems in theater, auditorium, church, classrooms and their solutions. Magnificent sketches and photos. This unabridged volume forms the foundation of modern architectural acoustics.
Hardcover. 304 pages. ISBN: 9780932146601

Signal Detection and Recognition by Human Observers. Edited by John A. Swets in 1964, this book was the first to bring together into one volume a broad discussion coverage of modern signal detection theory applications to human performance, specifically in auditory and visual sensory tasks. Applications address problems in psychology including the integration of sensory information, signal uncertainty, auditory frequency analysis, speech communication, vigilance and recognition memory. Bibliography updated to 1988.
Hardcover. 734 pages. ISBN: 9780932146212

Signal Detection Theory and Psychophysics. David Green and John Swets. Summarizes the application of signal detection theory to the analysis and measurement of the human observer’s sensory system. Outlines the theory of statistical decision making and its application to a variety of common psychophysical activities. Applies signal detection theory to problems in a sensory psychology.
Hardcover. 521 pages. ISBN: 9780932146236

Applied Acoustics. G. Porges. Develops the basic theory of sound from first principles and applies the theory to obtain practical formula for the transmission and absorption of sound, sound levels in closed spaces and the radiation of sound from common noise sources. In keeping with the practical orientation of the book, the mathematics used is relatively elementary.
Hardcover. 190 pages. ISBN: 9780932146182

The Sabines at Riverbank. John Kopec. Chronicles the people and research involved in the birth and first decades of the science of architectural acoustics. Here is the history of the first family of architectural acoustics, the Sabines, and the Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories, the world’s first independent laboratory for measuring the acoustical properties of architectural materials. The story begins in the early 1900s with Wallace Clement Sabine, a Harvard professor, who led the practice of acoustics toward a quantitative science with great insight, industry and integrity. He was followed by two other giants in the field of architectural acoustics: Paul Earls Sabine, a cousin, and his son, Hale Johnson Sabine, all Harvard graduates. No one other than John Kopec with his historical perspective and inside knowledge of the lab could have authored this extraordinary history.
Hardcover. 230 pages. ISBN: 9780932146618

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New 1-day short course on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

ATIcourses has a new 1 day short course on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. A full description  is at

What You Will Learn:

  • Categories of current UAS and their aeronautical capabilities?
  • Major manufactures of UAS?
  • The latest developments and major components of a UAS?
  • What type of sensor data can UAS provide?
  • Regulatory and spectrum issues associated with UAS?
  • National Airspace System including the different classes of airspace
  • How will UAS gain access to the National Airspace System (NAS)?

From this course you will gain practical knowledge to understand the different classes and types of UAS, optimize their specific applications, evaluate and compare UAS capabilities, interact meaningfully with colleagues, and master the terminology.

Facts and Figures on UAS

UAS on Wikipedia

UAV Forum

DoD UAS Roadmap 2007-2032

Shepard UVOnline

Radar and Radar Signal Processing Systems Are Making Flying The Friendly Skies Safer From Bird Strikes

Radar and advanced radar signal processing technology can help make flying safer by avoiding bird strikes.

In the wake of the emergency crash landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River on January 2009, the National Transportation Safety Board is conducting a hearing on implementing currently available avian radar technology to airports throughout the United States. The avian radar industry urges the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make the friendly skies a safer place by immediately deploying commercially-available avian radar systems to our nation’s airports. Bird strikes pose a serious threat to aviation safety. According to the FAA “there were more than 7,400 bird strikes in the United States in 2007, including 110 that caused substantial damage to aircraft.”

According to Dr. Tim J. Nohara, President of Accipiter Radar “avian radar can help mitigate bird hazards where they are most likely to occur around the airport. Real-time monitoring and alerting of approaching flocks of birds helps wildlife control personnel better manage bird hazards.”

In 2006, the FAA began evaluating the avian radar program Accipiter Avian Radar to assess if the use of commercial avian radar at airports would be justified, and would not compromise safety and would be compatible with existing wildlife control operations. The FAA contends that due to the unusual circumstance of the birdstrike current avian radar systems could not have prevented the crash of flight 1549. Flight 1549 was an unusual in that it was a high altitude strike (2800 feet) and did not occur in the immediate vicinity of the airport.

Developers within the avian radar industry, however, assert that current avian radar technology could have prevented the crash. Gary W. Andrews, CEO of DeTect (a industry leading developer of avian radar systems) stated that although some avian radar systems do not have long-range detection capabilities systems, others such as MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radar can reliably detect and track bird flocks at a range of up to 8 miles.

Andrew’s contends that MERLIN Radar system has been successfully used throughout the globe for “birdstrike risk detection, tracking and alerting at commercial airports, military airfields, and space launch facilities, with real-time bird activity displays used by airfield managers, bird control staff and air traffic controllers”
Courses in radar and radar signal processing are now becoming available to the public. The Applied Technology Institute of Riva, MD., will offer a three-day course in July 13-15 in Laurel,MD. ATI’s Radar Signal Analysis and Processing using MATLAB course explores algorithms for signal detection, false alarms, tracking techniques and systems performance equations.

Radar Signal Analysis and Processing using MATLAB course is being held July 13-15, 2009 in Laurel, Maryland, in the Washington DC area.

Acoustical Society Washington DC Seminar

The Acoustical Society Washington DC Regional Chapter and Audio Engineering Society Washington DC Section are jointly hosting “Spaces Speak: Are You Listening?”, a lecture on architectural acoustics by Barry Blesser on:

Monday, 22 June 2009.
6:30pm – Sign-in and social (food and beverages provided)
7:00pm – Presentation

Throughout his 45 year career, Dr. Blesser has been engaged in both researching the experience of hearing space and developing equipment to create spatial experiences for listeners, including the first commercial digital audio reverberation system.

This meeting will be held at:

National Public Radio headquarters
635 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC.
(not far from the DC convention center and Metro Center)

Space & Satellite Technical Training Courses


ATI June Space & Satellite Courses


Space Professional,

Did you know that ATI has been a leader in space and satellite training since 1984? ATI technical training helps you increase your value to your employer and gain the knowledge you need to get the edge over the competition. But don’t take our word for it, check out the links below to sample some of the pages direct from the instructor’s notes, before you attend a course.

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In This Issue: June Space & Satellite Courses

Solid Rocket Motor Design & Applications Jun 2-4 (Cocoa Beach, FL)

Antenna Fundamentals—One Day Overview June 8 (Laurel, MD)

Satellite Communications – An Essential Introduction June 8-10 (Beltsville, MD)

GPS Technology – Solutions for Earth & Space June 8-11 (Columbia, MD)

Spacecraft Quality Assurance, Integration & Testing June 10-11 (Los Angeles, CA)

Satellite Communication Systems Engineering Jun 15-17 (Beltsville, MD)

Thermal & Fluid Systems Modeling June 16-18 (Beltsville, MD)

Space Systems Fundamentals June 22-25 (Beltsville, MD)

Schedule of All ATI Courses Through July 2010

Solid Rocket Motor Design & Applications Jun 2-4 (Cocoa Beach, FL) Register

This three-day course provides a detailed look at the design of solid rocket motors (SRMs), a general understanding of solid propellant motor and component technologies, design drivers, critical manufacturing process parameters, sensitivity of system performance requirements on SRM design, reliability, and cost; and transportation and handling, and integration into launch vehicles and missiles.

Antenna Fundamentals—One Day Overview June 8 (Laurel, MD) Register
This one day class is geared as an introduction into basic antenna and antenna array concepts. The material is basic and should be familiar to an engineer working on any system involving transmitted electromagnetic waves (e.g., radar, satellite communication, terrestrial communications, etc.).

Satellite Communications – An Essential Introduction June 8-10 (Beltsville, MD) Register
This introductory course has recently been expanded to three days by popular demand. It has been taught to thousands of industry professionals for more than two decades, to rave reviews. The course is intended primarily for non-technical people who must understand the entire field of commercial satellite communications, and who must understand and communicate with engineers and other technical personnel. Check out the PDF Course Sampler!

GPS Technology – Solutions for Earth & Space June 8-11 (Columbia, MD) Register
Nearly every military vehicle and every satellite that flies into space uses the GPS to fix its position. In this popular 4-day short course, GPS expert Tom Logsdon will describe in detail how those precise radionavigation systems work and review the many practical benefits they provide to military and civilian users in space and around the globe. Each student will receive a new personal GPS Navigator with a multi-channel capability.  Check out the PDF Course Sampler!

Spacecraft Quality Assurance, Integration & Testing June 10-11 (Los Angeles, CA) Register
Quality assurance, reliability, and testing are critical elements in low-cost space missions. The selection of lower cost parts and the most effective use of redundancy require careful tradeoff analysis when designing new space missions.

Satellite Communication Systems Engineering Jun 15-17 (Beltsville, MD) Register
This three-day course is designed for satellite communications engineers, spacecraft engineers, and managers who want to obtain an understanding of the “big picture” of satellite communications.  Check out the PDF Course Sampler!

Thermal & Fluid Systems Modeling June 16-18 (Beltsville, MD) Register
This three-day course is for engineers, scientists, and others interested in developing custom thermal and fluid system models. Principles and practices are established for creating integrated models using Excel and its built-in programming environment, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). Real-world techniques and tips not found in any other course, book, or other resource are revealed. Step-bystep implementation, instructor-led interactive examples, and integrated participant exercises solidify the concepts introduced. Application examples are demonstrated from the instructor’s experience in unmanned underwater vehicles, LEO spacecraft, cryogenic propulsion systems, aerospace & military power systems, avionics thermal management, and other projects. Check out the PDF Course Sampler!

Space Systems Fundamentals June 22-25 (Beltsville, MD)
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. Check out the PDF Course Sampler!

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