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.

How is a satellite built? How do they fly? How do they communicate and how does the network operate? You will get all the answers in this course from teachers and researchers from three schools associated with Institut Mines-Télécom. The course is made of : teaching videos, equipment demonstrations and simulation programs. They will guide you through the discovery of satellite communications. Professionals in the space field will share there vocation for this scientific and technical sector. Have you ever wanted to know more about transponders, the geostationary orbit, QPSK modulation, channel coding, link budget, TCP over large bandwdith x delay product links ?

What you’ll learn
  • Understand the basics of Astronautics
  • Identify the components of a Spacecraft just by observing it
  • Understand how Spacecraft Systems work
  • Identify which systems would be optimal for certain missions and objectives
  • Define your own mission based on the knowledge provided by this course
  • Basic physics (High school level)
  • Interest in Space Technologies or Rocket Science

Course Learning Objectives

By the end of the course the student will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Understand the function of spacecraft subsystems.
  2. Apply orbital mechanics formula and tools to spacecraft mission design.
  3. Select appropriate launch systems and understand their affect on satellite and payload design and performance.
  4. Evaluate spacecraft subsystem performance and trades
  5. Estimate space system costs
  6. Trade subsystem performance requirements to optimize higher-level system performance, cost, or weight.

University / Academic Institute Satellites

ISRO has influenced educational institutions by its activities like making satellites for communication, remote sensing and astronomy. The launch of Chandrayaan-1 increased the interest of universities and institutions towards making experimental student satellites. Capable Universities and institution can venture into space technology on-orbit with guidance and support from ISRO in following ways.

Development of Payload (by Universities/Institutions)

Every satellite carries a payload that performs the intended function to achieve the mission goal and the main bus that supports the payload function. The Development of payloads may comprise of detectors, electronics and associated algorithms, which can be an experimental piggy back payload on the ISRO’s on-going (Small or operational) satellite projects.

 Design and development of detectors, payload electronics, and associated algorithm  / experiments that enhance the application of space services to mankind is a continuing R&D  activity in several educational institutions all over the world. Educational institutions can propose the payloads developed by them to be flown on ISRO’s small satellites.

Under this option, payload only is developed by the Universities or Institutions and launched with ISROs satellite missions which has other ISRO’s payloads. Data Handing and data transmission is done by ISRO as the part of satellite bus.

After launch ISRO will acquire payload data and disseminate it to Universities/ institutions further processing and analysis.

Satellite Design & Fabrication by Universities/Institutions

Under this option Universities have to design, fabricate, test the satellite Bus & Payload and deliver the integrated spacecraft for launch. Technical guidance in designing,  fabrication and testing will be provided by ISRO. Some critical materials for the space mission also will be provided by ISRO.

The designs and test results will be reviewed by ISRO team.

Under this option more than one University/Institution may participate. One among them will be the focal point for the ISRO. After launch, the collected data will be archived and disseminated by university/Institution(s).

Course Curriculum

Launch Systems
Orbital Mechanics
The Environment of Space
Satellite Telemetry

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