This course is intended for the physicist or engineer interested in the design of space experiments and space systems. The course presents the technical background, current state of the art, and example applications in the development of space systems. Topics include spacecraft thermal control, spacecraft configuration and structural design, space communications, risk analysis, command and telemetry systems, spacecraft computer systems, systems integration and test, and space mission operations. This course is team taught by experts in their respective fields and requires a research paper. It is not necessary to have previously taken 615.444 or 615.744, Fundamentals of Space Systems and Subsystems I. (This course is also offered for 400-level credit and does not require completion of a research paper. See 615.445)
An undergraduate degree in physics or engineering or the equivalent. It is not necessary to have taken 615.444 or 615.744 Fundamentals of Space Systems and Subsystems I.