MAE 5160

MAE 5160

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A survey in contemporary space technology from satellite subsystem design through launch and mission operations, focusing on the classical subsystems of robotic and human-rated spacecraft, rockets, planetary rovers, and habitats, and with an emphasis on issue of spacecraft-system architecture and design. Topics covered include subsystem technologies and the systems-engineering principles that tie them together into a spacecraft architecture. Subsystem technologies discussed include communications, thermal subsystems, structure, guidance/navigation/control, spacecraft power, space propulsion, payloads (remote sensing, insitu sensing, human life support), entry/descent/landing, surface mobility, and flight-computer hardware and software. The final project consists of architecting a complete spacecraft system with appropriate subsystems, with designs supported by parametric analysis and simulation. Discussions of current problems and trends in spacecraft operation and development. Students in MAE 5160 will complete an additional project: an in-depth study of a space-technology problem to be integrated with a space-system design project.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: MAE 3260 and MAE 4060, or permission of instructor.

  • Students will be able to understand, at a higher systems level, space missions and systems, and how the space environment and mission requirements drive spacecraft design
  • Students will be able to understand the basic fundamentals of spacecraft subsystems, including propulsion, attitude determination and control, power, structures, thermal, communications, and command and data handling
  • Students will be able to understand typical practices for designing space systems in a contemporary context of US commercial space and government agencies
  • Students will be able to simulate a spacecraft in operation at the level of a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) using state of the art tools, and identify and characterize subsystems for a preliminary spacecraft design

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: MAE 4160MAE 4161

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 10302 MAE 5160   LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Prerequisites, MAE 3260 and MAE 4060, strictly enforced.