This course focuses on spacecraft hardware topics to include current and emerging technologies including hardware in system configurations such as constellations and for sensing and communication applications. The course is grounded in a hardware and software design understanding of materials and operations in the space environment (design rules, material and component considerations, safe life versus fail safe designs, environmental considerations, among other hardware guidelines). Specific topics in hardware addressed in these studies include Instruments and Detectors (Optical, Radio Frequency, Imagers…), Low Earth Orbit Commercial Constellations and Swarms, Geostationary (GEO) and GEO Transfer Comm and Remote Sensing, Flagship Missions, Cislunar, In Situ Resource Utilization, Landers and Samplers, Subsystem specifics, Hardware, Firmware and Software Interfaces and Launch vehicles.
Completion of EN.675.600 Systems Engineering for Space and EN.675.601 Fundamentals of Engineering Space Systems I, EN.675.622 Spacecraft Hardware Design Considerations or with approval of the instructor.
Advanced Topics in Aerospace Hardware
01/22/2024 - 05/07/2024