Fundamentals of Space Missions


This three-day course provides an overview of the fundamental concepts and technologies of modern space mission systems. Space missions and satellite systems combine science, engineering, and external phenomena. The course will concentrate on scientific and engineering foundations of space missions, spacecraft systems, and interactions among various subsystems.

What You Will Learn:
The fundamentals of space environment, orbital mechanics, propulsion, and subsystem technologies provide an indispensable basis for system engineering. The introduced basic nomenclature, vocabulary, and concepts will make it possible to converse with mission planners, designers, operators, and subsystem specialists with understanding.

The extensive set of course notes provide a concise reference for understanding, planning, and designing space missions and operating modern spacecraft.

Course participants will learn:

  • Common space mission and spacecraft bus configurations, requirements, and constraints
  • Fundamentals of space environment and its effects on space systems
  • Common orbits and velocity increments and propellant amounts for typical maneuvers
  • Fundamentals of spacecraft subsystems and their interactions
  • Elements of space mission system engineering
What you will gain:
  • Technical (scientists and engineers) and managerial personnel will be introduced to the area of space missions and space technologies
  • Engineers working on development and fabrication of space systems and payloads will better understand the place and role of their subsystems in the overall space mission and spacecraft design – including their interactions and constraints
  • Managers and program development specialists will appreciate a broad overview of the complexity and technical issues involved in the successful planning, design, development, fabrication, deployment, and operation of space systems.
Who should attend:
  • Engineers and managers in the aerospace/defense industry, FFRDCs and government R&D laboratories and centers who are involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space systems and spacecraft subsystems and components
  • BS degree in science or engineering is required for this course
Instructor Bio

Dr. Mike Gruntman is a professor of astronautics at the University of Southern California. He is a specialist in astronautics, space technology, space sensors and instrumentation, and space physics. Gruntman participates in several theoretical and experimental programs in space science and space technology, including space missions. He has authored and co-authored more than 200 publications (including two books) in various areas of astronautics, space technology, space physics, scientific instrumentation, space and rocket history, and space education.

Continuing Education Units

CEUs: 2.1

USC Viterbi School of Engineering Certificate of Participation is awarded to all participants upon successful completion of course.

Why Consider a Custom Course for Your Organization?

Custom courses provide the opportunity to create an educational program that meets the specific needs of your organization. The following are a few reasons why our clients have chosen USC Viterbi School of Engineering as their program provider:

  • Interest in connecting with USC experts for real organizational issues
  • Engineering training and executive education opportunities in a condensed period of time
  • Educational opportunities at multiple company sites through on-site training and/or distance offerings to several sites simultaneously
  • Preference for providing Continuing Education Units (CEUs) rather than degree-oriented academic units
  • Overall flexibility in timing, delivery and pricing

If you are interested in learning more, please contact us by email or at 213-740-4488

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