16.851 Satellite Engineering

Fall 2003

Power subsystem of Cassini-Huygens probe.
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.)

Course Highlights

Students in this course have a unique approach to assignments: they write the problems as well as the solutions.

Course Description

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.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .xls, .m, .zip.

A text editor can be used to open the .asv files.

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Col. John Keesee
Prof. David Miller

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session