SS4861 Spacecraft Payload Design II

This course builds on the skills, knowledge, and project work gained in SS3861 and focuses on the hands-on experience in the lab, including functional and environmental testing at the payload and integrated system levels, and in the field, culminating in a high-altitude balloon flight of the payload. Payload-specific design consideration topics, including radiation effects, and reliability and fault tolerance, will be covered, along with payload cryogenic cooling. The design of current and planned space-based mission payloads of national interest will be discussed, and case studies will be presented about each payload type.



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  • Winter