Short courses: space systems and space missions

books by mike gruntman Mike's books


list of videos list of Mike's videos as pdf

Mike's ASTE 520 Spacecraft Design and ASTE 470 Spacecraft Propulsion

article in Acta Astronautica, 2014 about USC Astronautics program

Satellite orbits and space mission design

Orbits of interest to space mission design and to spacecraft design

regression of nodesRegression of Nodes (4 min 20 sec)

prograde, retrograde, and sun-synchronous orbits Prograde, Retrograde, and Sun-Synchronous Orbits (5 min 30 sec)

Recommended Textbooks and Monographs on Astronautics and Space Technology

rotation of apsidesRotation of Apsides (5 min 40 sec)

Molniya orbitMolniya Orbit ( 5 min 10 sec)

satellite communications relay through a Molniya satelliteMolniya Communications Relay (4 min 15 sec)
(communication link between a satellite in sun-synchronous orbit and a ground station through a relay 12-hour Molniya satellite)

orbit circularization by atmospheric dragOrbit Circularization by Atmospheric Drag (3 min 50 sec)

GPS satellite constellationGlobal Positioning System GPS Constellation (5 min 15 sec)

solar radiation presure and satellite orbit Effects of Solar Radiation Pressure on Satellite Orbits (6 min 28 sec)

geostationary GEO orbitGeostationary orbit GEO (8 min 54 sec)

interstellar helium fluxInterstellar Helium Atom Flux at 1 AU (8 min 09 sec) (silent)

North Korea satellite launchSatellite Launch by North Korea in 2012 (18 min)

Recommended Textbooks and Monographs on Astronautics and Space Technology

ice ages Ice Ages, Solar System Dynamics and Global Climate Change ( 3 min 30 sec)
Effects of Solar system dynamics on global climate and ice ages

ENA imaging - next stepEnergetic Neutral Atom Imaging: The Next Step
invited talk at the Fall Meeting, American Geophysical Union (AGU), December 2012,
15 minutes (time interval 16:03-31:30 in the YouTube video of the session)

Sputnik 1    Explorer 1     Vanguard 1

Recommended books on history of astronautics, rocketry, spaceflight, and space technology

Road to spaceThe Road to Space. The First Thousand Years. (1 hr 10 min; 390MB)
The lecture (recorded in 2007) presents the fascinating story of the events that paved the way to space. It introduces the history of early rocketry and the subsequent developments which led into the space age. It is recommended to download first the slides of the presentation (pdf file).
Also available on YouTube (Part 1/8; Part 2/8; Part 3/8; Part 4/8; Part 5/8; Part 6/8; Part 7/8; Part 8/8).
In addition, IAFASTRO posted the entire lecture on YouTube as one video clip.

From Firecrackers to Interstellar Flight Space: From Firecrackers to Interstellar Flight (webcast)
Part 1. The First Thousand Years. (71 min)
Part 2. Space in 21st Century. (78 min)

Ary Sternfeld, space pioneerAry Sternfeld. A Forgotten Space Pioneer. (25 min)

Yuri A. GagarinSocks for the First Cosmonaut of Planet EarthSocks for Yuri Gagarin(article, pdf)

history of the United StatesHistory of the United States in Two Minutes(2 min 20 sec)
Hundreds of thousands of views and some hate mail

USC Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering: Overview (webcast; 53 min)

ASTE520   graduate course on space mission and spacecraft design
(largest graduate spacecraft design class in the United States – 1100 students during the last 10 years)

Space engineering (astronautical engineering) education

USC Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering: Overview (webcast; 53 min)

Mike's Books

Blazing the Trail. The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry, AIAA, Reston, Va., 2004.
Winner of the Luigi Napolitano Award (2006) from the International Academy of Astronautics

From Astronautics to Cosmonautics , BookSurge, No. Charleston, SC, 2007.
Nominated for the Emme Award (2008) of the American Astronautical Society.

Enemy Amongst Trojans. A Soviet Spy at USC , Figueroa Press, Los Angeles, Calif., 2010.

Intercept 1961. The Birth of Soviet Missile Defense , AIAA, Reston, Va., 2015

Classic space movies and videos                         Models of spacecraft and rockets

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