Small Satellite Design and Development.

Course Overview:

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of small satellite design and development, including the engineering principles and practical applications.

The course will cover the key elements of small satellite design, from concept development to testing and launch, including subsystems such as power, propulsion, communication, attitude determination and control, and payload design.

Through hands-on projects, students will gain practical experience in designing, building, testing, and launching small satellites.

Course Goals:

  • Develop an understanding of the basic principles of small satellite design and development
  • Gain practical experience in designing, building, and testing small satellites
  • Develop skills in project management, teamwork, and communication
  • Gain an appreciation for the unique challenges associated with small satellite design and operations

Course Outline:

Module 1: Introduction to Small Satellites

  • Overview of small satellites and their applications
  • Design considerations for small satellites
  • Regulatory environment for small satellite missions

Module 2: Systems Engineering for Small Satellites

  • Systems engineering process for small satellite design and development
  • Concept development and trade studies
  • Design requirements and specification development

Module 3: Small Satellite Subsystems

  • Power subsystem design
  • Propulsion subsystem design
  • Communication subsystem design
  • Altitude determination and control subsystem design
  • Payload design and integration

Module 4: Small Satellite Fabrication and Testing

  • Small satellite fabrication techniques
  • Integration and testing of small satellite subsystems
  • Environmental testing and qualification

Module 5: Small Satellite Launch and Operations

  • Launch vehicle selection and integration
  • Small satellite operations and ground support equipment
  • Post-launch operations and data analysis

Module 6: Advanced Topics in Small Satellite Design

  • Innovative small satellite concepts and applications
  • Future trends in small satellite design and development
  • Commercialization of small satellite missions

Course Delivery: The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, guest speakers, and hands-on projects.

Lectures will provide an overview of the key concepts and principles of small satellite design, while guest speakers will offer insights into the practical applications of small satellite technology.

Students will participate in hands-on projects, such as building and testing small satellite subsystems, to gain practical experience in the design and development of small satellites.

Note: This course is subject to demand, and is launching in 2025.