Spacecraft Propulsion Systems Training

Spacecraft Propulsion Systems Training


Spacecraft Propulsion Systems Training Course Description

The Spacecraft Propulsion Systems short course is designed for professionals interested in how rocket propulsion is applied to spacecraft including attitude control, orbit change, and orbit maintenance. This Spacecraft Propulsion Systems Training begins with a review of space mission fundamentals as they drive spacecraft propulsion system requirements. This is followed by an explanation of how those requirements are flowed down to the propulsion system and how the propulsion system is made to meet them. It includes an overview of the relevant propulsion technologies (e.g., cold gas, chemical, electric), propulsion technology selection, system design, and component evaluation.

Spacecraft Propulsion Systems TrainingRelated Courses:

Duration:3 days

Skills Gained:

• The interaction between space mission objectives, orbits, and other requirements
• Orbital dynamics for propulsion system design
• How rocket engines work
• How the spacecraft architecture is created and how it impacts the propulsion system
• How propulsion requirements are derived
• How propulsion architectures are developed from the mission and spacecraft architecture
• How propulsion subsystems are designed to meet the requirements
• Lessons-learned both personally and from his friends

Customize It:

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:

Introduction: the functions performed by spacecraft propulsion systems and their interfaces with the rest of the vehicle.

Space Missions: descriptions of the functions performed by various types of spacecraft including communication, science, and observation in and beyond Earth Orbit

Orbital Dynamics: gravitation, axis systems, orbital paths, orbit perturbations such as atmospheric drag and the non-spherical Earth, and orbit changes

Rockets: thrust, impulse, physical hardware effects, performance, contamination

Spacecraft: propulsion uses including attitude control, orbit acquisition, orbit maintenance; propulsion effects on the vehicle including
contamination and slosh; propulsion to vehicle interfaces

Propulsion System Requirements: total impulse, engine line of action, orbit transfer thrust, minimum torque bit, budgets, environments, limitations, plume effects, thermal effects, safety, reliability

Propulsion Technologies: cold gas, chemical (solid, liquid including monopropellants and bipropellants, hybrid), electric including thermal and ion
Engine Requirements: thrust, specific Impulse, minimum impulse bit, duty cycle, life

Rocket Engines and Their Major Features: large, small, solid, liquid, hybrid, electric

Tanks: ASME Boiler Code, high performance tankage, thin wall tanks, composite overwrap pressure vessels; propellant management

Other components: valves, filters, regulators, instrumentation, propellant lines

Propulsion Design: technology selection, margin, schematics and arrangements, trade studies, component selection, fluid system schematics

Lessons Learned: cleanliness, process control, detonability

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Time Frame: 0-3 Months4-12 Months

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