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A Practical Approach for Aerospace Professionals

ATI's Model-Based Design for Space course

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      This four-day course teaches aerospace professionals how to apply model-based design in the development of spacecraft, subsystems, and mission plans. The course provides students with an understanding of the physical principles of all the major subsystem and discipline areas important to space systems and the information needed to conduct model-based design. Also included are specific, proven techniques for the capture of recent design data for reuse and parametric methods that can be used to minimize cost or maximize performance in the presence of constraints.


      Dr. Joel C. Sercel is a Principal Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Founder of ICS Associates; a firm that specializes in the application of advanced information system to improve development team productivity. Dr. Sercel's track record as an innovator in the space community includes contributions such as NSTAR, the first deep space solar electric propulsion system. His present work at JPL is on the development of a database system that links design tools from disparate disciplines to enhance team productivity. He teaches graduate level classes and is the Director of Caltech's Laboratory for Spacecraft and Mission Design.

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    What You Will Learn:

    • The terminology and principles associated with every system and function in a modern spacecraft.
    • Approaches for determining the mass, power consumption and other tradable parameters central to space system engineering.
    • Simple techniques for developing reusable models for rapid system design and analysis.
    • Techniques for reusing design data in cost estimation, design, and analysis.
    • Techniques that any organization can apply to enhance design team productivity by linking design and analysis tools across disciplines.

      This course provides the knowledge required to estimate mass, power, data rate, and cost for space systems. Upon completion, students will understand state-of-the-art techniques for rapidly conducting system trade studies for design optimization and will be able to immediately contribute to satellite and mission design and analysis in powerful new ways.

    Course Outline:

    1. Model Based System Engineering and Design — System engineering and design using modern desktop information systems. How to conduct collaborative design and trades analysis using desktop tools.

    2. Astrodynamics and Space Environments Models — Laws of motion, classes of orbits and maneuvers. The space environment, approaches to launch vehicle selection. Modeling astrodynamics and mission designs using commonly available software.

    3. Configuration Design — Design drivers and classes of spacecraft configurations. Rapid configuration visualization, design, and analysis using CAD systems integrated with desktop tools.

    4. Spacecraft Mechanisms and Structures — Design drivers for structural and mechanical systems. Testing methodologies and their effect on structural design, rules of thumb, finite element models, and coupled loads analysis.

    5. Thermal Control Systems — Principles of thermal, thermal balances, thermal control devices, detailed thermal analysis, end-to-end thermal control system.

    6. Attitude Determination and Control Systems Design — Components and sensors; control system logic. Modeling spacecraft inertial properties. Propellant consumption modeling. Attitude control system trades analysis models.

    7. Cost Modeling — Parametric and historical cost modeling, cost database development, work breakdown structure development,.

    8. Telecommunications Systems and Link Budget — Space rf link analysis Eb/No, EIRP, system components, modulation and coding techniques, link budget examples.

    9. Power Systems — Spacecraft power system, solar power options, radiation effects, solar array cost and performance, energy storage, battery performance, power management and distribution system.

    10. Propulsion Systems — Principles of chemical and electric propulsion, thruster performance figures of metric.

    11. Command and Data Handling Systems — Command and data handling systems, hardware, software functions, uplink processing. Flight computers, memory, mass-storage, ASICS, I&T.

    12. Mission Operations — End-to-end mission operation system architectures, approaches to mission operations, software trades, approaches to cost effective mission operations of large constellations.

    13. Collaborative Design and Space Project Implementation — How to apply operations methodologies to the design process to enhance productivity. Project planning and scheduling, the effect of information system utilization on team building.


      Tuition for this four-day course is $1495 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