SMS - Space Mission Structures: From Concept to Launch
$1990 per person
This 3-day course presents the structure for a space or launch vehicle as a system. Originally based on the instructor’s book, Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms: From Concept to Launch, this course has evolved and been improved continuously since 1995.
If you are an engineer involved in any aspect of spacecraft or launch-vehicle structures, regardless of your level of experience, you will benefit from this course. Subjects include functions, requirements, environments, stress analysis, fracture mechanics, finite element analysis, configuration development, preliminary design, designing to avoid problems with dynamic loads, improving the loads-cycle process, verification planning, quality assurance, testing, and risk assessment.
Course book containing presentation materials and a copy of the instructor’s 850-page reference book, Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms: From Concept to Launch (1995).
Tom Sarafin is President and Chief Engineer of Instar Engineering and Consulting, Inc. He has worked full time in the space industry since 1979 as a structural engineer, a mechanical systems engineer, a project manager, and a consultant. Since founding Instar in 1993, he’s consulted for NASA, DARPA, the DOD Space Test Program, Lockheed Martin, DigitalGlobe, Space Systems/Loral, Spaceflight Industries, and other organizations. He was a core member of the team that developed NASA-STD-5020, “Requirements for Threaded Fastening Systems in Spaceflight Hardware” (March 2012). He is the editor and principal author of Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms: From Concept to Launch and is a contributing author to Space Mission Analysis and Design. He’s also the principal author of a series of papers titled “Vibration Testing of Small Satellites.” Since 1995, he has taught over 250 courses to more than 5000 engineers and managers in the aerospace industry.
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