This course will focus on the critical functions performed by ground systems throughout the space systems life-cycle. Course topics will include planning and sequencing, uplink and control, testing, communications, data management, data analysis, assessment, implementation and deployment of ground systems. Students will learn about end-to-end best practices that pertain to most missions and how ground systems concepts are tailored across a diversity of missions. Examples will be from real space missions and programs, with assignments, immersive hands-on laboratory exercises, special topics, and a team project focused on typical ground system engineering problems and applied methods of technical problem resolution. This course offers a more focused, in-depth exploration of ground systems design and implementation than EN.675.711 Ground System Engineering and Mission Operations. Students will only receive credit towards graduation from one of these 2 courses, EN.675.723 or EN.675.711, not both.
Completion of EN.675.600 Systems Engineering for Space, EN.675.601 Fundamentals of Engineering Space Systems I, familiarity with software engineering principles and writing software, or with approval of the Instructor.