Space System Architecture and Design OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Level Course on Space System Design

Published Feb 12, 2009

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'Space System Architecture and Design' is a free OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for Aeronautics and Astronautics graduate students. This course analyzes the risk and intricacies involved in constructing and designing a space system. Microsoft Excel software is needed to view some of the files offered by this class. Students must obtain permission from the class professor to attend this lecture-based course.

Space System Architecture and Design: Course Specifics

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Space System Architecture and Design: Course Description

This course begins by defining what architecture is. Students will learn how the basic definition of architecture compares to the definition provided by professors, such as Steven Eppinger, Ed Crawley and Karl Ulrich. Professor Dan Hastings will continue the course by exploring the different communities that use space systems, such as civil, military and commercial. Students will be asked to examine a current space system and produce an analysis of problems that may exist. Students will also be expected to provide solutions to the problems they find. This course will also look at the flexibility in the design of certain space systems. Professor Hastings will examine why certain satellites have lasted longer than they were originally intended to and how the satellites have been used for missions other than their original purpose. This course is presented in lecture format.

Lectures, study materials, suggested readings and assignments are available online for free for this course. If you would like to take advantage of this free course, visit the 'Aeronautics and Astronautics and Space System Architecture' and design course page

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