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Spring 2011-2012
* MAE 342   No Pass/D/Fail

Space System Design

Edgar Y. Choueiri
N. Jeremy Kasdin

This course examines the design of a modern spacecraft or complex space system, including the space environment and its impact on design. The principals and design aspects of the structure, propulsion, power, thermal, communication, and attitude subsystems are studied. The course also introduces systems engineering, project management, manufacturing and test, mission operations, mission design, and space policy. Acting as a single project team, students will design a satellite or space system from conception to critical design review.

Sample reading list:
(Eds) J.R. Wertz & W.J. Larson, Space Mission Analysis and Design, 2nd Edition
(Eds) V.I. Pisacane & R.C. Moore, Fundamentals of Space Systems
M.D. Griffin & J.R. French, Space Vehicle Design
A.C. Tribble, The Space Environment: Implications for Spacecraft Design
(Eds) H.B. Garrett & C.P. Pike, Space Systems & Their Interactions w/Earth's Space Environ.

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly assignments consist of problem sets or mini-design problems applying the principals and concepts from class on real spacecraft.

Mid Term Exam - 15%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Design Project - 35%
Problem set(s) - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
MAE 305. MAE 341 recommended or permission of instructor..

Other information:
The course will include an assigned design project. Students will be given a space system to design taken from current mission problems. As a structured team they will complete a preliminary design of the satellite or system including all subsystems and show that it meets requirements.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42656 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm M W   Engineering Quad D-Wing   D221   Enrolled:22 Limit:25
42657 B01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Engineering Quad D-Wing   D221   Enrolled:22 Limit:25
P01 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm M   Engineering Quad D-Wing   D221   Enrolled:0 Limit:25