Spacecraft Power Systems Training

Spacecraft Power Systems Training


Spacecraft Power Systems Training Course Description

This two-day Spacecraft Power Systems Training provides spacecraft power systems engineers and satellite system architects with a comprehensive approach for the specification and detailed design of the power system. The impacts of the space environment and mission orbital constraints are appraised. Existing power sources and energy storage technologies are studied in depth. Technology readiness of emerging developments in power generation and storage are evaluated. Basic power system architectures and power regulation techniques are presented including power system block diagrams from flight programs. A LEO power system design example using existing design constraints is presented.

Spacecraft Power Systems TrainingRelated Courses:

Duration:2 days

Skills Gained:

• Design driving requirements for a space power system.
• Details regarding environmental considerations in the design of power systems.
• Orbit geometry calculations for common orbits and illumination profiles.
• Solar cell technology and environmental susceptibility.
• Battery technologies, including battery selection and sizing.
• Power system architecture, selection and regulation options
• Design Example: Sample power system concept design of a LEO mission.

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With onsite Training, courses can be scheduled on a date that is convenient for you, and because they can be scheduled at your location, you don’t incur travel costs and students won’t be away from home. Onsite classes can also be tailored to meet your needs. You might shorten a 5-day class into a 3-day class, or combine portions of several related courses into a single course, or have the instructor vary the emphasis of topics depending on your staff’s and site’s requirements.

Course Content:

Day 1:

Introduction to Space Power Systems Design. Power System overview with focus on the origin of design-driving requirements, technical disciplines, and sub-system interactions.

Environmental Effects. Definition of the environmental considerations in the design of power systems including radiation, temperature, UV exposure, and insolation.

Orbital Considerations. Basic orbit geometries and calculations for common orbits. Consideration of illumination profiles including effects of spacecraft geometries.

Power Sources: Solar cell technologies and basic physics of operation including electrical characteristics and environmental susceptibility. Solar panel design, fabrication, and test considerations.

Day 2:

Energy Storage: Battery technologies, and flight-readiness of each. Battery selection and sizing characteristics. Battery voltage profiles, charge/discharge characteristics, and charging methods. Special battery handling considerations. Alternative storage technologies include fuel cell technologies, and fly-wheels.

Power System Architectures: System architecture and regulation options including direct energy transfer, peak-power tracking, and hybrid architectures. System level interactions and trade-offs.

Design Example: Sample power system concept design of a LEO mission including selection and sizing of batteries, solar arrays. Focus on real-life trade-offs impacting cost, schedule, and other spacecraft activities and designs.

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