Cost-effective Design for Today's
ATI's Satellite Design & Technology course
Renewed emphasis on cost effective missions requires up-to-date knowledge of satellite technology and an in-depth understanding of the systems engineering issues. Together, these give satellite engineers and managers options in selecting lower cost approaches to building reliable spacecraft. This 3-1/2 day course covers all the important technologies needed
to develop lower cost space systems. In addition to
covering the traditional flight hardware disciplines,
attention is given to integration and testing, software,
The emphasis is on the enabling technology
developments, including new space launch options
that permit doing more with less in space today. Case
studies and examples drawn from modern satellite
missions pinpoint the key issues and tradeoffs in
modern design and illustrate lessons learned from
past successes and failures. Technical specialists will
also find the broad perspective and system
engineering viewpoint useful in communicating with
other specialists to analyze design options and
tradeoffs. The course notes provide an authoritative
reference that focuses on proven techniques and
guidelines for understanding, designing, and
managing modern satellite systems.
Eric Hoffman recently retired after 19 years as Chief
Engineer of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics
Laboratory Space Department, which has designed and
built 61 spacecraft. He joined APL in 1964,
designing high reliability spacecraft
command, communications, and
navigation systems and holds several
patents in this field. He has led many of
APL's system and spacecraft
conceptual designs. Fellow of the
British Interplanetary Society,
Associate Fellow of the AIAA, and coauthor of
Fundamentals of Space Systems.
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Dr. Jerry Krassner has been involved in aerospace R&D for over 30 years. Over this time, he has participated in or led a variety of activities with primary technical focus on sensor systems R&D, and business focus on new concept development and marketing. He has authored over 60 research papers, served on advisory panels for DARPA and the Navy, and was a member of the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (for which he was awarded the USAF Civilian Exemplary Service Award). Jerry was a founding member, and past Chairman, of the MASINT Association. Currently, he is a consultant to a National Security organization, and acting chief scientist for an office in OSD, responsible for identification and assessment of new enabling technologies. Jerry has a PhD in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Rochester.
- Space Systems Engineering. Elements of space systems engineering. Setting
the objective. Establishing requirements. System "drivers." Mission analysis
and design. Budgeted items. Margins. Project phases. Design reviews.
- Designing for the Space Environment. Vacuum and drag. Microgravity.
Temperature and thermal gradients. Magnetic field. Ultraviolet. Solar
pressure. Ionizing radiation. Spacecraft charging. Space debris. Pre-launch
and launch environments.
- Orbits and Astrodynamics. Review of spacecraft orbital mechanics.
Coordinate systems. Orbital elements. Selecting an orbit. Orbital transfer.
Specialized orbits. Orbit perturbations. Interplanetary missions.
- On-Orbit Propulsion and Launch Systems. Mathematical formulation of
rocket equations. Spacecraft onboard propulsion systems. Station keeping and
attitude control. Satellite launch options.
- Attitude Determination and Control. Spacecraft attitude dynamics. Attitude
torque modeling. Attitude sensors and actuators. Passive and active attitude
control. Attitude estimators and controllers. New applications, methods, HW.
- Spacecraft Power Systems. Power source options. Energy storage, control,
and distribution. Power converters. Designing the small satellite power system.
- Spacecraft Thermal Control. Heat transfer fundamentals for spacecraft.
Modern thermal materials. Active vs. passive thermal control. The thermal
- Spacecraft Configuration and Structure. Structural design requirements and
interfaces. Requirements for launch, staging, spin stabilization. Design,
analysis, and test. Modern structural materials and design concepts. Margins
of safety. Structural dynamics and testing.
- Spacecraft RF Communications. RF signal transmission. Antennas. One-way
range equation. Properties and peculiarities of the space channel.
Modulating the RF. Dealing with noise. Link margin. Error correction. RF
- Spacecraft Command and Telemetry. Command receivers, decoders, and
processors. Command messages. Synchronization, error detection and
correction. Encryption and authentication. Telemetry systems. Sensors, signal
conditioning, and A/D conversion. Frame formatting. Packetization. Data
- Spacecraft On-board Computing. Central processing units for space.
Memory types. Mass storage. Processor input/output. Spacecraft buses. Fault
tolerance and redundancy. Radiation hardness, upset, and latchup.
Hardware/software tradeoffs. Software development and engineering.
- Reliability and Quality Assurance. Hi-rel principles: lessons learned.
Designing for reliability. Using redundancy effectively. Margins and derating.
Parts quality and process control. Configuration management. Quality
assurance, inspection, and test. ISO 9000.
- Integration and Test. Planning for I&T. Ground support systems. I&T
facilities. Verification matrix. Test plans and other important documents.
Testing subsystems. Spacecraft level testing. Launch site operations. Which
tests are worthwhile, which arenít.
Tuition for this three-and-a-half-day course is $1940 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.