The aim of the course is that of filling the gap between the students and the real life work of a space system designer. Moreover, the students will acquire, through experimental activity in the laboratory, the basic competences needed to perform testing and qualification activities of space components. The course foresees experimental activities in the laboratory through which the students could actively test the acquired notions.
Design and sizing of space systems: Requirements Analysis – Payload Identification – Definition of the Configuration – Subsystem sizing.
Space system Testing: Reference Standard – Structural Testing – Thermal Testing – Electromagnetic compatibility – On-Board Software verification and testing.
Integration: Logistics – Procedures – Acceptance – Mechanical and Electrical Integration – Alignment Measures –Functional Testing – launcher integration and pre-launch activities.
Microgravity testing: Low Friction surfaces – Spherical air pads – Neutral buoyancy – Parabolic Flights.
W.L. Larson, J.Wertz: Space Mission Analysis and Design, Kluwer Academic Publishers Group.
J.Wertz: Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control, D.Reidel Publishing Company.
P.W. Fortescue, J.P. Stark: Spacecraft Systems Engineering, John Wiley & Sons.
C.D. Brown: Spacecraft mission design, AIAA education series
W. J. Larson, L. K. Pranke. Human Spaceflight: Mission Analysis and Design. 1999. ISBN 007236811X.
Suggested prerequisite courses: Orbital Mechanics – Spacecraft attitude dynamics and control.
Mandatory prerequisite courses: none