Spacecraft Systems

15-19 July 2019

This intensive five day course provides delegates with an introduction to the engineering aspects of satellite and mission design - with particular emphasis on the design of small low-cost satellites.

It will be assumed that delegates have a basic understanding of orbits and spacecraft dynamics.

The objectives

Through a series of intensive lectures and exercises, the course aims to give an introduction to the design and construction of spacecraft, showing how the mission, and the space environment itself constrain the engineering.

Delegates should leave the course with a knowledge of:

  • The space environment and its effects
  • Spacecraft platform systems and design
  • Satellite manufacture and testing
  • Applications of small, low-cost satellites
  • Space mission analysis and design.

By the end of the course, each delegate should have a good understanding of the way that satellites are designed and built. Because the course gives emphasis to the theoretical aspects of the subject, delegates will be able to apply their knowledge to a wide range of spacecraft design problems ranging from single payloads to whole spacecraft.

Course syllabus

Please note that the University of Surrey reserves the right to change this.

DAY 1: SPACE MISSION DESIGN
Introduction: Elements of a Space Mission: The mission, the spacecraft, trajectories and orbits, launch vehicles, mission operations systems, mission management and operations systems engineering.
Overview of Orbit and Constellation Design: The orbit design process. Earth coverage. Simple delta-V budgets. Selecting orbits and constellations. Common Examples.
Designing for Space (1);  Designing for Space (2) : The physical environment of space and spacecraft system design.  

DAY 2: MECHANICAL AND THERMAL DESIGN
Mechanical Design (1); Mechanical Design (2) : Frameworks and Structures, stress analysis, loads and stiffness, elastic instabilities, vibration, materials selection, structural analysis.
Thermal Design (1); Thermal Design (2) : Thermal sources and transport mechanisms in space, thermal balance, thermal  control elements, thermal design and implementation.

DAY 3: SENSORS AND MECHANISMS, GUIDANCE AND CONTROL
Mechanisms and Optics: (1)  Mechanisms and Optics (2)  kinematics, bearings and lubrication, motors and drives; mechanisms, wheels, materials. Optical mountings, alignment, and stray-light control. Simple optics, telescopes.
Sensors, Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems (1); Sensors, Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems (2) : Optical sensor technology; ADCS sensor technology; GNC systems.

DAY 4: POWER, COMMUNICATION AND DATA HANDLING SYSTEMS
Power Systems, EMC and Interfacing (1); Power Systems, EMC and Interfacing (2): Power generation, storage, regulation and monitoring. Harnesses and connectors, EMC, shielding and grounding, monitoring and protection
TT&C, RF Systems and On-Board Data Handling (1), TT&C, RF Systems and On-Board Data Handling (2): Tracking, telemetry, & command systems; RF link, data handling, OBCs.

DAY 5: SMALL SATELLITE DESIGN
Micro/Nano-Satellite Design Principles: Organisation, the KISS principle, capabilities, technology road-map
Space Mission Design Exercise (1,2,3).

Further information

Lecturers

Dr Craig Underwood, Deputy Director (Teaching) Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

Recommended reading list

  • Maral & Bousquet 'Satellite Communications Systems' (3rd Ed), Wiley ISBN 0-471-97166-9 : 1998
  • Jerry Jon Sellers 'Understanding Space - An Introduction to Astronautics',  McGraw Hill ISBN 0-07-057027-2 : 1994
  • Fortesque & Stark (eds) 'Spacecraft Systems Engineering', John Wiley & Sons ISBN 0-471-93451-8 : 1992
  • W.J. Larson (eds) 'Space Mission Analysis & Design'(2nd Ed), Kluwer Academic Publishers ISBN 0-7923-19982.

For a brochure please email Barbara Steel.

Dates

This is a week long course, from Monday 15 - Friday 19 July 2019.

Please note: Course notes will be available in electronic format (pdf) via dropbox and/or USB stick prior to the course start date.

Prices

Price per person, including lunch and refreshments:

Non IET members:

  • £1900 - Standard rate
  • £1750 - Early bird rate for payment received one month before the course start date.

For IET Members (proof of membership needed):

  • £1900 - Standard rate
  • £1650 - Early bird rate for payment received one month before the course start date.

How to apply

Payment can be accepted by purchase order, credit card or bank transfer on our online store, which will be available soon.

Please note that we do not charge VAT as we are an educational establishment.

Payments will be accepted subject to availability. If making payment by credit card, please forward the transaction receipt by email to Barbara Steel.

Terms and conditions

  • Cancellations notified in writing ten working days before the event; we charge a cancellation fee of 35 per cent of the standard rate. If we have already received payment we refund 65 per cent of the full fee
  • Cancellations within 10 working days before the event; We charge these at the full rate and do not give refunds
  • If no written notice of cancellation is received, no refund can be made
  • The University of Surrey reserves the right to cancel any event. In this case, the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged. Details of event changes or cancellations are available by phoning +44 (0)1483 686040
  • Delegates can make a provisional registration for a course by telephone or email. However bookings are only acknowledged formally once payment has been received
  • Substitutions from the same company may be made following consultation with the Continuing Education Manager
  • The University reserves the right to cancel any course on the grounds of insufficient numbers or for other reasons beyond our control. In this case the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged
  • Registrations cannot be accepted without a valid purchase order, credit card payment or cheque
  • Proof of payment
  • Registrations must come with a valid purchase order, credit card payment or cheque.

Enquiries

Enquiries should be addressed to Barbara Steel in the faculties Professional Development Office:

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