Intended for the
engineer or physicist interested in the design of space experiments and
space systems. Fundamental technical background, current state of the
art, and example applications are presented. Topics include systems
engineering, space environment, astrodynamics, propulsion and launch
vehicles, attitude determination and control, space power systems and
space communications. Course credit requires completion of a culminating
project, in which teams of 2 or more students research, analyze and
develop a conceptual design of a key element of a space system specified
by the course instructors.
The course includes
“significant design credit” for the BE degree. Seniors may take this course
for major credit in engineering sciences as ENGS 85 if ENGS 84 has not
already been elected for major credit.
graduate standing in engineering or physics with approval of the
instructor. Seniors should have completed the required core courses for the
physics major or for the engineering sciences major through the gateway
courses. Team taught by Lotko (lead), Ouellette, Brambles and
Mondays 3:00-5:00 pm
2:00-3:50 pm; X-hour Wednesdays 4:15-5:05 pm. The x-hour
may be used occasionally. STK tutorials will be scheduled on select
Tuesdays in the window 2:00-3:50 pm.
Fundamentals of Space Systems, 2nd edition (The Johns Hopkins
University/Applied Physics Laboratory Series in Science and
Engineering). Edited by Vincent L. Pisacane
Published by Oxford
University Press, USA
Hardcover, 848 pages, June
ISBN-13: 978-0195162059 |
textbook. Homework problems will be assigned from this book.
Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD,
Space Technology Library, Vol. 28.
James R. Wertz, David F. Everett, Jeffery
Paperback, 1048 pages, July
ISBN-13: 978-1881883159 |
Recommended reference for the design project.
The class will be divided into teams of 3
or 4 students each, and a major portion (60%) of the course grade will
be based on development of a conceptual satellite mission by each team.
The mission requirements are specified during the first week of class.
Analysis of various aspects of the mission design will be facilitated by
use of the industry standard software, satellite Systems Tool Kit (STK),
which has been licensed for education use to the Thayer School of
Engineering by STK developer, AGI
Inc. STK is
available on the Thayer CAD computers. Follow the link below for more
information about STK.
The course grade is based on performance on homework and the design
project with the following weights:
Midterm Design Review
Final Design Review
20% oral; 20% written
To expose each student
to the fundamentals of key subsystems and their integration in a spacecraft
mission so that s/he will have the perspective of a spacecraft systems
Learn the fundamentals
of space systems engineering to the extent that the student can carry out a
conceptual design of key subsystems of a spacecraft.
Learn how to make design
tradeoffs to develop a comprehensive space mission.
Learn and apply the
principles of space systems engineering.
More information about this course, including
lecture notes, handouts, and
links to useful information, is available at the ENGG199/ENGS85
Blackboard site. You can login to Blackboard using your DND username
and password. If you have registered for ENGG 199 or ENGS 85, you will see a link in your "My Courses" list.
references are listed below.
Engineering, 4th edition, edited by P Fortescue, G Swinerd, J Stark,
“comprehensive coverage of
the design of spacecraft and the implementation of space missions,
across a wide spectrum of space applications and space science …
‘front-end system-level issues’ such as environment, mission
analysis and system engineering … detailed examination of subsystem
elements which represents the core of spacecraft design …
mechanical, electrical and thermal aspects, as well as propulsion
and control … supplemented by an emphasis on the interactions
The Space Environment and
Its Effects on Space Systems, VL Pisacane, AIAA Education Series
Introduction to "the space
environment and its impacts on spacecraft design, engineering, and
performance … the history of spacecraft failures, risk management,
reliability and quality assurance techniques, and parts reliability
… overview of the structure of the Sun; the structure, origin, and
models of the geomagnetic field; the gravitational field of the
Earth; Earth’s magnetosphere and radiation environment; neutral
environment; variation of pressure with altitude; electromagnetic
propagation; effect of atomic oxygen on materials; plasma
surrounding the Earth; transport and effects of photon and charged
particle radiation on electronics and tissue; spacecraft
contamination; techniques to mitigate debris impact; and heat
transfer and thermal control of spacecraft.