Space Systems Engineering OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Class on Space Systems Engineering

Published Feb 24, 2009

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An OpenCourseWare project entitled 'Space System Engineering' is offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as OpenCourseWare. This course introduces students to the design and architectural analysis involved in the deployment and operation of a lunar telescope facility. Students interested in attaining a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or Aeronautics and Astronautics may find this course to be of particular interest.

Space System Engineering: Course Specifics

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Space System Engineering: Course Description

In 2004, former President George W. Bush called for a re-focus on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and manned spaceflight in the future called Vision for Space Exploration. Included in this plan was a goal to return to the moon by 2020. As per this goal, NASA and the greater astrophysics community have re-focused efforts on creating a new lunar telescope facility. This graduate-level course, from MIT's Aeronautics and Astronautics Department, gave students the opportunity to attempt the architecture, design, deployment and operation of a lunar telescope facility (either orbital or ground). In this free OpenCourseWare class, online students can study the processes practiced by MIT students enrolled in the original course by studying lecture notes and former student projects. Professors Edward Crawley and Olivier de Weck led this lecture-based course.

This course includes a series of lecture notes, former students' projects and assignment instructions. To learn more about lunar telescope engineering and design, visit MIT's space systems course page.