The aim of the course is to provide the competences needed to derive the requirements of a payload instrument for a space mission, starting from given mission objectives and requirements. Given the requirements, the design process is outlined and the reference standards identified.
Analysis and definition of requirements: Mission objective definition – preliminary estimation of requirements and mission constraints – design process.
Space Environment: Launch Environment – Near Earth Environment – Deep Space – Planetary environment - Effects on Materials and components.
Space Sensors: Multispectral sensors – Passive microwave sensors – Radar Sensors – Spectrometers.
Testing and Integration: Reference Standard – Structural Testing – Thermal Testing – Electromagnetic compatibility – On-Board Software verification and testing – Mechanical and Electrical Integration – Interface Standard.
Project Management and Control: Project Phases – Schedule control – Documentation – Quality assurance - Introduction to Cost and Risk Analysis.
The course includes traditional classroom lectures, numerical laboratory sessions and design laboratory session.
A.M. Cruise, J.A. Bowles, T.J. Patrick,C.V. Goodall: Principles of Space Instrument Design, Cambridge University Press
Mohamed M Abid: Spacecraft Sensors, John Wiley & Sons.
D. Gilmore: Spacecraft Thermal Control Handbook, Vol I: Fundamental Technologies, AIAA.
J.J. Wijker: Spacecraft Structures, Springer.
J. Eickhoff: Onboard Computers, Onboard Software and Satellite Operations, Springer.
M. Eismann: Hyperspectral Remote Sensing, SPIE Press.
W.L. Larson, J.Wertz: Space Mission Analysis and Design, Kluwer Academic Publishers Group.