Course Number
Next Offered
Spring 2024
Primary Program
Space Systems Engineering
Applied Physics Laboratory
Course Format
Onsite, Virtual Live

Through online lectures and mini cohorts, this course illustrates the fundamental applications of materials to spacecraft design for a systems engineering perspective. Topics include the environments of dynamics, vacuum, thermal, reactive chemicals, radiation, and electrostatics relating to material selection; applications in the material classes of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites to spacecraft design; design considerations from preliminary design through product verification, launch, and mission operations; and considerations for environment impacts, commons issues encountered, and lessons learned. The course is not intended to cover materials analysis that is taught specific to individual engineering domains, rather it instructs the application of the materials to the space environment with specific industry examples.

Course Prerequisite(s)

EN.675.600 Systems Engineering for Space and EN.675.601 Fundamentals of Engineering Space Systems I

Course Offerings


Materials for Space Systems

01/23/2024 - 04/30/2024
Tues 4:30 p.m. - 7:10 p.m.
Kossiakoff Center K227
Notes: This course uses the Virtual Live format. It combines the face-to-face class held at APL (section .3VL) with remote students participating online through live web-conferencing. You may choose to attend in-person/on-site or remotely or both. Students who wish to enroll and attend in Virtual Live courses in-person/on-site at the Applied Physics Lab, COVID-19 and Flu vaccination compliance is mandatory for enrollment in this course. All students must upload proof of vaccination or request and receive an exemption in the Vaccination Management System ( prior to the start of class.
Spring 2024
Course Format
Virtual Live
Applied Physics Laboratory
Course Materials