Space -- An Introduction
This three day course serves well as both an introductory course and as a refresher course. It appeals to those new to the field as well as specialists that want a broader look at the fundamentals of contemporary space system design and application. Topics include: (1) an introduction to the fundamentals of space sciences and engineering, including cosmology, the near-Earth and space environments, orbital mechanics and propulsion; (2) descriptions of basic space system applications (communications, remote sensing, navigation), how they have evolved, and some of the fundamental engineering characteristics involved in each; and (3) an introduction to space system and mission design including discussions of spacecraft subsystems, launch systems, ground systems and operations, and the mission design (systems engineering) process. Throughout the course, descriptive examples of notable systems, both historic and current, are used to illuminate each topic. The instruction material places emphasis on identifying the important basic concepts and illuminating their influ¬ence on the design of current and future space missions. The course also stresses the ways in which space systems influence the many aspects of our daily lives.
Bruce A. Campbell, PhD is an Aerospace Engineering graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and flew carrier-based jet aircraft before earning a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering/Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He returned to the Naval Academy in 1985 and helped establish a Space Track of classes there. In the process, he co-authored the text "Introduction to Space Sciences and Spacecraft Applications” which is the basis for this course. Bruce joined NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in 1989 where he has conducted systems engineering and management for several space projects, including as Project Manager for the TIMED mission. His last position was as Manager of Goddard’s design center, overseeing the concept development of future NASA instruments and missions. During this time he also completed work toward a Doctorate in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the George Washington University.
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