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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.)

Highlights of this Course

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

Any text editor can be used to view the .asv files found on this course site. Please refer to the course materials for any specific instructions or recommendations. MATLAB® software is required to run the .m files found on this course site. Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. File decompression software, such as Winzip® or StuffIt® , is required to open the .zip files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files.



Col. John Keesee
Prof. David Miller

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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