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Risorsa bibliografica facoltativa
Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2019/2020
Scuola Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione
Insegnamento 099266 - PAYLOAD DESIGN
  • 099642 - PAYLOAD DESIGN A
Docente Massari Mauro
Cfu 6.00 Tipo insegnamento Modulo Di Corso Strutturato

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

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.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

Lectures and exercise sessions will allow students to:

  • Analyze and understand the scientific objectives and assumptions associated to a space payload instrument
  • Derive a complete set of design requirements for a space payload instrument

 The design laboratory sessions will allow students to:

  • Write a requirement specification document
  • Write a mission description document
  • Perform the preliminary design of a space payload instrument
  • Summarize and present the results achieved during the design activities
  • Improve their communication skills 

Argomenti trattati

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.


Students are required to know fundamental concepts of orbital mechanics, structural analysis and thermal analysis as provided by the courses of Obital Mechanics, Spacraft Structures and Heat Transfer and Thermal Analysis.

Modalità di valutazione

Students will be asked to form small groups to which a design project is assigned and partly developed during the design laboratory sessions. Each group will be required to prepare a common report and give a presentation of the design project activity. Finally each students will undergo an individual oral exam on the topic of the classroom lessons.

The report and the group presentation will be required for admission to the individual oral exam. The examinatron is considered successfull if in the individual oral exam the student shows sufficient knowledge and understanding of the topics covered in the lessons.

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaA.M. Cruise, J.A. Bowles, T.J. Patrick,C.V. Goodall, Principles of Space Instrument Design, Editore: Cambridge University Press
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaMohamed M. Abid, Spacecraft Sensors, Editore: John Wiley & Sons
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaD. Gilmore, Spacecraft Thermal Control Handbook, Vol I: Fundamental Technologies, Editore: AIAA
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaJ.J. Wijker, Spacecraft Structures, Editore: Springer
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaJ. Eickhoff, Onboard Computers, Onboard Software and Satellite Operations, Editore: Springer
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaM. Eismann, Hyperspectral Remote Sensing, Editore: SPIE Press
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaW.L. Larson, J.Wertz, Space Mission Analysis and Design, Editore: Kluwer Academic Publishers Group

Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 59:59 89:59

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