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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 16.851 (Fall 2003) 
  • Course Title:
  • Satellite Engineering 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Col. John Keesee
    Prof. David Miller 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 16.851 Satellite Engineering

    Fall 2003

    Course Highlights

    Students in this course have a unique approach to assignments: they write the problems as well as the solutions.

    Course Description

    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.

    Technical Requirements

    Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .xls, .m, .zip.

    A text editor can be used to open the .asv files.


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