Spacecraft Systems Design

4-8 July 2011

Please note that the IET has decided to discontinue the IET Endorsed Provider Scheme for all former participants. However, we will continue to offer Early Bird special discounts for IET members provided a current membership numbers is given at the time of booking. We expect this to continue for 2010-2010.

 

PRICE

Price per person, including lunch, refreshments and printed course notes

For IET Members (proof of membership needed)

IMPORTANT

Please note that we do not charge VAT as we are an educational establishment. This makes the price of this course very competitive!

Some on-site accommodation may be available from Monday-Thursday inclusive. See bottom of page for further information.

Discounts are also given for group bookings of 3 or more delegates on the course from the same company. Please phone +44 (0)1483 686040 for further information.

Course Overview

This intensive 5 day course provides delegates with an introduction to the engineering aspects of satellite and mission design - with particular emphasis on the design of small low-cost satellites.

It will be assumed that delegates have a basic understanding of orbits and spacecraft dynamics.

 

The Objectives

Through a series of intensive lectures and exercises, the course aims to give an introduction to the design and construction of spacecraft, showing how the mission, and the space environment itself constrain the engineering.

Delegates should leave the course with a knowledge of:

By the end of the course, each delegate should have a good understanding of the way that satellites are designed and built. Because the course gives emphasis to the theoretical aspects of the subject, delegates will be able to apply their knowledge to a wide range of spacecraft design problems ranging from single payloads to whole spacecraft.

 Provisional Programme

DAY 1: SPACE MISSION DESIGN

Introduction: Elements of a Space Mission: The mission, the spacecraft, trajectories and orbits, launch vehicles, mission operations systems, mission management and operations systems engineering.

Overview of Orbit and Constellation Design: The orbit design process. Earth coverage. Simple delta-V budgets. Selecting orbits and constellations. Common Examples.

Designing for Space (1);  Designing for Space (2) : The physical environment of space and spacecraft system design. 

DAY 2: MECHANICAL AND THERMAL DESIGN     

Mechanical Design (1); Mechanical Design (2) : Frameworks and Structures, stress analysis, loads and stiffness, elastic instabilities, vibration, materials selection, structural analysis.

Thermal Design (1); Thermal Design (2) : Thermal sources and transport mechanisms in space, thermal balance, thermal  control elements, thermal design and implementation.

DAY 3: SENSORS AND MECHANISMS, GUIDANCE AND CONTROL

Mechanisms and Optics: (1)  Mechanisms and Optics (2)  kinematics, bearings and lubrication, motors and drives; mechanisms, wheels, materials. Optical mountings, alignment, and stray-light control. Simple optics, telescopes.

Sensors, Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems (1); Sensors, Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems (2) : Optical sensor technology; ADCS sensor technology; GNC systems

             

DAY 4: POWER, COMMUNICATION AND DATA HANDLING SYSTEMS          

Power Systems, EMC and Interfacing (1); Power Systems, EMC and Interfacing (2): Power generation, storage, regulation and monitoring. Harnesses and connectors, EMC, shielding and grounding, monitoring and protection

TT&C, RF Systems and On-Board Data Handling (1), TT&C, RF Systems and On-Board Data Handling (2): Tracking, telemetry, & command systems; RF link, data handling, OBCs.

DAY 5: SMALL SATELLITE DESIGN

Micro/Nano-Satellite Design Principles: Organisation, the KISS principle, capabilities, technology road-map

Space Mission Design Exercise (1,2,3).

 

The Lecturer

Dr Craig Underwood graduated from the University of York in 1982 with a BSc (Hons) in Physics with Computer Science. After gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from York in 1983, he began a teaching career at Scarborough Sixth-Form College where he developed satellite activities. In January 1986, Craig joined the University of Surrey as a Research Fellow responsible for the generation and maintenance of software for the UoSAT Satellite Control Ground-Station.

In 1988, as a Senior Engineer with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL), he became responsible for mission analysis and the thermal design of the UoSAT spacecraft, including: UoSAT-3, -4, and -5, KITSAT-1, S80/T, HealthSat-II, PoSAT-1 and FASat-Alfa. From 1990 he has been the Principal Investigator of space radiation effects on the UoSAT satellites, completing a PhD in this area in 1996. As part of this research, he designed and developed radiation monitoring payloads for the UoSAT-5, KITSAT-1, Phase-3D and TiungSat satellites. More recently he has developed stratospheric ozone monitoring UV radiometers for FASAT-Alfa and -Bravo, and an ultra-compact Earth-observation CMOS video camera for TMSat. In 1993, Craig became a Lecturer in Spacecraft Engineering advancing to Senior Lecturer in 1999. He is currently pursuing research interests in the analysis of the space radiation environment and its effects on COTS technologies, satellite remote sensing, space science and nano-satellite technologies.

 

Course Content - Provisional

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Session

SPACE MISSION DESIGN

MECHANICAL AND THERMAL DESIGN

SENSORS AND MECHANISMS, GUIDANCE AND CONTROL

POWER, COMMUNICATION AND DATA HANDLING SYSTEMS

SMALL SATELLITE DESIGN

09:00-10:30

Introduction: Elements of a Space Mission

Mechanical Design (1)

Mechanisms and Optics (1)

Power Systems, EMC and Interfacing (1)

Micro/Nano-Satellite Design Principles

10:30-11:00

COFFEE 

COFFEE 

COFFEE 

COFFEE 

COFFEE 

11:00-12:30

Overview of Orbit and Constellation Design

Mechanical Design (2)

Mechanisms and Optics (2)

Power Systems, EMC and Interfacing (2)

Space Mission Design Exercise (1)


         
12:30-13:30

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

13:30-15:00

Designing for Space (1)

Thermal Design (1)

Sensors, Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems (1)

TT&C, RF Systems and On-Board Data Handling (1)

Space Mission Design Exercise (2)


         
15:00-15:30

TEA

TEA

TEA

TEA

TEA

15:30-17:00

Designing for Space (2)

Thermal Design (2)

Sensors, Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems (2)

TT&C, RF Systems and On-Board Data Handling (2)

Space Mission Design Exercise (3)

           

Updated 18 February 2011

 

Lecturers:  Dr Craig Underwood, Deputy Director (Teaching) Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

                                                                       

Texts:           Maral & Bousquet 'Satellite Communications Systems' (3rd Ed), Wiley ISBN 0-471-97166-9 : 1998

                 Jerry Jon Sellers 'Understanding Space - An Introduction to Astronautics',  McGraw Hill ISBN 0-07-057027-2 : 1994

                  Fortesque & Stark (eds) 'Spacecraft Systems Engineering', John Wiley & Sons ISBN 0-471-93451-8 : 1992

                      W.J. Larson (eds) 'Space Mission Analysis & Design'(2nd Ed), Kluwer Academic Publishers ISBN 0-7923-19982

 

 

 Accommodation.

A list of hotels in the Guildford area is available

Currently we cannot offer accommodation for this week on campus. This is a very busy week in Guildford generally so early booking of accommodation is highly advisable!

 

REGISTRATION

PRICE

Price per person, including lunch, refreshments and printed course notes

For IET Members (proof of membership needed)

 

IMPORTANT

Please note that we do not charge VAT as we are an educational establishment. This makes the price of this course very competitive!

Discounts are also given for group bookings of 3 or more delegates on the course from the same company. Please phone +44 (0)1483 686040 for further information.

To reserve a place on the above course please complete this Registration Form

Please note that this course books up early so please telephone for availability or preregistration.

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TAKE THE CREDIT -THE MODULAR MASTERS PROGRAMME

Spacecraft Systems Design is also an element within the unique MSc awarded by the University of Surrey. Suitably registered candidates can obtain MSc credit through this course.

Courses currently participating in the Modular Masters Programme are listed below.

* It is possible to gain extra credits on these modules by taking examinations/assignments based on the full Module MSc syllabus.

 (1) Counts as one module.
Registration on the Modular Masters scheme is optional and currently free. In addition to the opportunity to build credits towards a recognised qualification, benefits will include the availability of tutorial support and the opportunity to increase understanding through integrated exercises.

Assessments are mainly by examination with some Assignment content.

All courses are stand alone modules and therefore can be attended on an individual basis.

Students will have up to 4 years to complete their studies.

Pre-registration for the MSc via short courses is currently free, however, a charge of £100 per module is made for the examinations.

Further Information

 

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Updated 18 February 2011 B Steel