MAE 5540

MAE 5540

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2024-2025.

This course provides the contextual and physical framework to understand and design space propulsion devices for orbiting spacecraft and satellite systems. An introduction to the basic principles of propulsion and performance metrics in the context of space missions are presented. Key physics underlying the operation of propulsion devices are covered. Specifically, the design and performance of ion engines, Hall thrusters, electrospray thrusters, and emerging propulsion concepts are covered.

When Offered Fall.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite or corequisite: undergraduate-level coursework in thermodynamics, electromagnetism, and orbital mechanics.

  • Students will be conversant across the range of propulsion options for space missions.
  • Students will be able to describe the physics underlying their operation and performance limits.
  • Students will be able to use their knowledge of propulsion physics and mission context to create or evaluate new designs.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: MAE 4540

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 20093 MAE 5540   LEC 001

    • MWF Upson Hall 152
    • Aug 26 - Dec 9, 2024
    • van Paridon, A

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 20284 MAE 5540   LEC 002

  • Instruction Mode: Distance Learning-Asynchronous