16.851 Satellite Engineering

As taught in: Fall 2003

A photo of an electronic circuit board.

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.)




Prof. David Miller

Col. John Keesee

Course Features

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.