Satellite Engineering

A photo of an electronic circuit board.

The Power and Pyrotechnics Subsystem (PPS) of the Cassini Orbiter, which arrived at Saturn on July 1, 2004, having traveled 3.5 billion kilometers across the solar system. (Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech.)


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Fall 2003



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Satellite Engineering introduces students to subsystem design in engineering spacecraft. The course presents characteristic subsystems, such as power, structure, communication and control, and analyzes the engineering trades necessary to integrate subsystems successfully into a satellite. Discussions of spacecraft operating environment and orbital mechanics help students to understand the functional requirements and key design parameters for satellite systems.

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David Miller, and John Keesee. 16.851 Satellite Engineering, Fall 2003. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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