This course will focus on the critical functions performed by ground systems and mission operations throughout the space systems life-cycle and their integrated application. Course topics will include planning and sequencing, uplink and control, testing, real-time operations, communications, data management, data analysis, and assessment. Students will learn about end-to-end best practices that pertain to most missions and how ground systems and mission operations concepts are tailored across a diversity of missions. Examples will be presented from real space missions and programs, with assignments, special topics, and a team project focused on typical ground system engineering problems, mission operations challenges, and applied methods of technical problem resolution.
Completion of 675.600 Systems Engineering for Space and 675.601 Fundamentals of Engineering Space Systems I is required, or with approval of the instructor.