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Short Courses for Industry and Government

Space Systems and Space Missions

Space:  From Firecrackers to Interstellar Flight
(webcast)

Part 1. The First Thousand Years. (87 min)
Part 2.  Space in 21st Century. (84 min)

For a number of years Dr. Mike Gruntman successfully teaches short courses on fundamentals of space systems and space missions to government and industry. Mike's graduate course on spacecraft design at the University of Southern California is among largest in the country, with more than one hundred graduate students taking it each year.  

Dr. Gruntman offers short courses through independent short-course-providing organizations either on-site (industry, FFRDCs, government, etc.) or in public locations open for independent participants. In addition, the instructor can offer courses directly on site.

Please contact Mike (tel. 213-740-5536  "mikeg at usc.edu") for details to discuss the needs of your organization if you are interested in an on-site course.

Three presently offered courses vary in degree of detail:

Introduction to Space Systems (2 days)
Fundamentals of Space Missions (3 days)
Space Systems Fundamentals (4 days)

Each day consists of 6 one-hour segments, plus ten-minute breaks in between. So, it is usually a full day of study each day, for example from 8:30 am till 4:30 pm.





Introduction to Space Systems

Description

This two-day course provides an introduction to the concepts and technologies of modern space systems, space missions, and applications. Space systems combine engineering, science, and external phenomena. We concentrate on scientific and engineering foundations of space missions and spacecraft systems and interactions among various subsystems. These fundamentals provide an indispensable basis for system engineering of space systems and satellite payloads. The basic nomenclature, vocabulary, and concepts make it possible to converse with understanding with mission and spacecraft specialists.

 

Intended audience

Engineers, scientists, and managers of diverse background and varying levels of experience involved in planning, designing, building, testing, launching, and operating space systems, spacecraft subsystems and components, and satellite-based payloads. The course will facilitate integration of engineers and scientists new to the space field into space-related projects. Recommended background: Bachelor's degree in science or engineering.

 

Course length

2 days (12 one-hour segments)

Extensive set of course notes (290 pages) provides a concise reference for understanding of modern space systems and space missions.

 

Fundamentals of Space Missions

Description

This three-day course provides an overview of the fundamentals of modern space systems, space missions, and applications. Space systems combine engineering, science, and external phenomena. We concentrate on scientific and engineering foundations of space missions and basics of spacecraft systems and interactions among various subsystems. These fundamentals provide an indispensable basis for system engineering of space systems and satellite payloads. The nomenclature, vocabulary, and concepts make it possible to converse with understanding with mission and spacecraft specialists.

 

Intended audience

Engineers, scientists, and managers of diverse background and varying levels of experience involved in planning, designing, building, testing, launching, and operating space systems, spacecraft subsystems and components, and satellite-based payloads. The course will facilitate integration of engineers and scientists new to the space field into space-related projects. Recommended background: Bachelor's degree in science or engineering.

 

Course length

3 days (18 one-hour segments)

 

Extensive set of course notes (420 pages) provides a concise reference for understanding and operating modern space systems and space missions.

 

Space Systems Fundamentals

Description

This four-day course provides an overview of the fundamentals of concepts and technologies of modern spacecraft systems design. Satellite system and mission design is an essentially interdisciplinary sport that combines engineering, science, and external phenomena. We will concentrate on scientific and engineering foundations of spacecraft systems and interactions among various subsystems. Examples show how to quantitatively estimate various mission elements (such as velocity increments) and conditions (equilibrium temperature) and how to size major spacecraft subsystems (propellant, antennas, transmitters, solar arrays, batteries). Real examples are used to permit an understanding of the systems selection and tradeoff issues in the design process. The fundamentals of subsystem technologies provide an indispensable basis for system engineering. The basic nomenclature, vocabulary, and concepts will make it possible to converse with understanding with subsystem specialists.

 

Intended audience

Engineers, scientists, and managers of diverse background and varying levels of experience involved in planning, designing, building, testing, launching, and operating space systems, spacecraft subsystems and components, and satellite-based payloads. The course will facilitate integration of engineers and scientists new to the space field into space-related projects. Recommended background: Bachelor's degree in science or engineering.

 

Course length

4 days (24 one-hour segments)

 

Extensive set of course notes (520 pages) provides a concise reference for understanding, designing, and operating modern space systems and space missions.

 


About the instructor

Dr. Mike Gruntman is Professor of Astronautics at the University of Southern California (USC) and the founder of a unique space engineering department . He is a specialist in astronautics, spacecraft and rocket technologies, propulsion, space sensors, space physics, and instrumentation. Gruntman has been and is actively involved in various theoretical and experimental R&D programs, including space missions. He authored and co-authored more 200 publications, including three books, in space science, space technology, space education, and rocket and space history.


Blazing the Trail. The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry                  From Astronautics to Cosmonautics

Recommended textbooks and monographs on space systems and applications

Mike's Books
Mike's instructional videos - space misison and spacecraft design


 

Global Positioning System GPS                   Space Engineering Education



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