ATI's Space Systems — Subsystems Design course
This 4.5-day multi-disciplinary course provides a complete
summary of the technologies needed to understand and
develop spacecraft systems and instrumentation. The
course presents a systems engineering approach for
understanding the design and testing of spacecraft
systems. The course highlights the underlying scientific
and engineering foundations needed to develop space
systems, as well as current practices. Case studies are
used to pinpoint the key issues and trade-offs in modern
design, and to illustrate the lessons learned from past
successes and failures.
Space Systems I & IIare recommended for engineers, scientists, or managers who wish to broaden their perspectives and capabilities.
The emphasis will be on how today's technology is
incorporated into the planning, designing, fabrication,
integration, and testing of modern space systems. Each
participant will receive a complete set of notes and the
award-winning textbook Space Systems written by the
instructors. The textbook and course notes provide an
authoritative reference that focuses on proven techniques
and guidelines for understanding, designing, and
managing modern space systems.
Eric Hoffman joined JHU/APL in 1964, designing
high-reliability spacecraft command, communications, and
navigation equipment. He recently retired as Chief Engineer
of the Space Department, which has designed and built 61
Robert C. Moore worked in the Digital Flight Systems Group of the APL Space Department from 1965 until his retirement in 2007. He designed electronic circuitry and embedded microprocessor systems for space flight data processing.
Contact these instructors (please mention course name in the subject line)
- The Space Environment. Vacuum and drag. Temperature and thermal
gradients. Magnetic field. Ultraviolet and ionizing radiation. Pre-launch
and launch environments.
- Space Communications/Part I. RF signal transmission. Antenna
properties. One-way range equation. Properties and peculiarities of the
space channel. Modulation of RF. Sources of noise. Signal-to-noise ratio.
- Space Communications/Part II. Communications link design example.
Error correction. Encryption and authentication. Covert Communications.
- Spacecraft Command and Telemetry. Command receivers, command
decoders, encrypted links. Command messages. Synchronization, error
detection and correction. Command logic. System requirements.
Telemetry Systems. Sensors and signal conditioning. Frame formatting,
- Spacecraft On-Board Processing. Central processing units for space.
Software development and engineering. Memory types. Mass storage.
Processor input and output. Fault tolerance and redundancy. Radiation
hardness and upset, latch-up. Error correction.
- Spacecraft Integration & Test. The design process and design reviews.
Planning for integration and testing. Electrical, thermal, and mechanical
design interactions. Ground support system. Integration and test
facilities. Test plans. Testing subsystems. Spacecraft level testing.
Launch site tests.
- Reliability & Quality Assurance. System reliability and redundancy.
Reliability predictions. Examples of approaches for current satellites.
Quality assurance and component selection. Inspections and reviews.
Survivability and radiation effects.
- Space Mission Operations. Mission analysis and planning, mission
control center. Communications. Pre-launch operations. Launch
operations. Post-launch operations. Post-launch control. Problems and
- Detailed Case Study. Systems engineering example for a launched
spacecraft. Trade-offs, risk assessments and design margins. Software
management. Integration and testing. Lessons learned for future systems
This course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses. If you are interested in attending this or another course as open enrollment, please contact us at (410) 956-8805 or at email@example.com and indicate the course name and number of students who wish to participate. ATI typically schedules open enrollment courses with a lead time of 3-5 months. Group courses can be presented at your facility at any time. For on-site pricing, request an on-site quote. You may also call us at (410) 956-8805 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.