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Short Courses for Industry and Government

Space Systems and Space Missions

For a number of years Dr. Mike Gruntman has been successfully teaching 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 1250 graduate students enrolled during the last 12 years.

Dr. Gruntman offers short courses through independent short-course-providing organizations (such as ATI) and leading professional societies (AIAA) 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. Mike also taught courses for friendly foreign government organizations.

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

Three presently offered courses vary in the degree of detail:

Introduction to Space Systems (2days)
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.

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Course length

2 days (12 one-hour segments)

An 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)

An 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 main spacecraft subsystems (propellant, antennas, transmitters, solar arrays, batteries). Examples are used to provide 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)

An 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 also holds appointments of a professor of aerospace engineering and systems architecting engioneering.

Mike is a specialist in astronautics, spacecraft and rocket technologies, rocketry and propulsion, space physics and space sensors and instrumentation. He has been and is actively involved in various theoretical and experimental R&D programs, including space missions. He authored and co-authored nearly 300 scholarly publications, including four books, in space science, space technology, space education, and rocket and space history.

Mike has also produced a number of popular among students and engineers short video clips, particularly on properties of satelite orbits. His video clips had scored more than 1 million views on YouTube by 2016.



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