SS3861 Spacecraft Payload Design I

This course focuses on the software and hardware associated with payload design with an emphasis on hands-on lab experience. Students will learn basic payload computing (software and electrical) concepts through lecture and by designing and building a payload to be flown on a high-altitude balloon. Systems engineering principles will be introduced and applied to the payload design. Principles of payload requirements, including design and bus interface requirements, as well as payload integration and testing will be introduced. This course culminates in a preliminary design review and functional prototype of the payload.


AE2820, ME2801, PH2514, PH3052, EO3525 or Consent of Instructor

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  • Fall