Professional Development Short Course On:
Space Power Systems
Robert C. Detwiler
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Space Systems - Intermediate Design
This multi-disciplinary course provides a complete
summary of the technologies needed to understand and
develop spacecraft systems and instrumentation. The
course presents a systems engineering approach for
understanding the design and testing of spacecraft
systems. The course highlights the underlying scientific
and engineering foundations needed to develop space
systems, as well as current practices. Case studies are February 23-27, 2009
used to pinpoint the key issues and trade-offs in modern
design, and to illustrate the lessons learned from past Beltsville, Maryland
successes and failures.
This course provides a strong technical base for $1895 (8:30am - 4:00pm)
leadership in systems engineering or the management of 5 top experts in 1 week!
space systems. Technical specialists will find the broad
perspective and knowledge useful in communicating with "Register 3 or More & Receive $10000 each
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other space system specialists in analyzing design options
The emphasis will be on how today's technology is Course Outline
incorporated into the planning, designing, fabrication, 1. Space Systems Engineering. Fundamentals of
integration, and testing of modern space systems. Each systems engineering. System development process.
participant will receive a complete set of notes and the Engineering reviews. Management of space systems.
award-winning textbook Space Systems written by the
instructors. The textbook and course notes provide an 2. Orbital Mechanics. Fundamentals of dynamics.
authoritative reference that focuses on proven techniques Reference frames. Time. Two-body central force
and guidelines for understanding, designing, and motion. Two-body problem. Trajectory perturbations.
managing modern space systems. Orbit determination. Interplanetary missions and
3. Spacecraft Propulsion/Rocket Propulsion.
Instructors Force-free rocket motion. Rocket motion with gravity.
Launch flight mechanics. Transfer trajectories.
Dr. Vincent L. Pisacane is a fellow of the AIAA, and is
4. Flight Mechanics and Launch Systems.
the R.A. Heinlein Professor of Aerospace
Hohman transfer orbits. Reaching a target orbit. Solid
Engineering at the United States Naval
and liquid propellant systems. Other propulsion
Academy. He was formerly Head of the
systems. Selected launch systems.
APL Space Department. He has 35 years
of experience in space research and the 5. Spacecraft Attitude Determination. Attitude
development of spacecraft and sensors and kinematics. Attitude determination
instrumentation. He is the editor of the systems. Attitude estimation and system identification.
textbook Space Systems published by Attitude error specification and analysis. Mission
Oxford Press. experiences.
Dr. Mark E. Pittelkau is president of Aerospace 6. Spacecraft Attitude Control. Rotational
ControlSystems Engineering and Research dynamics and environmental disturbance torques.
(www.ascinnovations.com). His experience in satellite Attitude actuators. Passive and active attitude control
systems includes the design, implementation, and testing methods. Attitude controllers and stability. Mission
of orbit determination algorithms, attitude determination, experiences.
and control systems. His current work in attitude control 7. Configuration and Structural Design.
systems includes control-structure interaction, pointing Structural design requirements and interfaces.
jitter and stability analysis, concept studies for various Requirements for launch, staging, spin stabilization
attitude control systems, and sensor alignment calibration. stages. Acoustics, acceleration, transients and shock.
Jay Jenkins is a power system engineer at JHU/APL Designing and testing. Stress-strain analysis. Margins
with 15 years of experience in design and analysis of of safety. Finite Element Analysis. Structural dynamics.
aerospace power systems with an emphasis on battery Testing.
and solar array technology. 8. Space Power Systems. Energy storage,
William E. Skullney is Supervisor of the Mechanical distribution, and control. Environmental effects on solar
Systems Group at JHU/APL and has over 20 years cells. Orbital considerations. Energy converters. Solar
experience in the design, analysis and testing of cells and solar arrays. Batteries and energy storage.
spacecraft mechanical systems. He specializes in Characteristics of different batteries. Strong emphasis
structural engineering and analysis and has led structural on translating mission requirements into a power
engineering efforts for the Delta 180 series programs and system design.
the Midcourse Space Experiment Program. 9. Space Thermal Control. Radiation and thermal
Clarence Wingate has 35 years of space experience fundamentals. Heat transfer and energy balance.
and specializes in the thermal design, analysis and testing Choice of thermal materials. The thermal design and
of spacecraft. He is retired from JHU/APL. testing process.
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Space Systems I - Power Systems Summary 2
• Provides end-to-end synopsis of space power systems
– Power strategies for mission duration and destination
• Solar and Nuclear Power Sources
– Review of orbital mechanics and space environment
– Solar Array considerations
– Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator basics
• Energy Storage Technologies
– Provides overview of available battery cell technologies
• Power Control electronics options are covered
• Power Systems for current missions are presented
Space Systems I - Power Systems Summary 3
Application Range of Power Sources
10 APUs* Cell
1Day 1Mo. 1Yr. 10Yr. 100Yr.
0.1 1.0 10 100 103 104 105 106
*APU = Auxiliary Power Unit After Chetty, 1988
Space Systems I - Power Systems Summary 4
Limits of Solar Power
Space Systems I - Power Systems Summary 5
Annual Earth Sun Positions
Mars: 2.17 x 108 Km
Space Systems I - Power Systems Summary 6
Earth’s Radiation Belts
11 Year Solar Cycle: Peak 12/2001, Minimum 2007
Space Systems I - Power Systems Summary 7
Solar Spectral Irradiance Vs
Wavelength (AM0 Solar Constant)
Testing & Materials (1999) 136.6 W/cm2
Mars 58.86 W/cm2
Space Systems I - Power Systems Summary 8
Triple-junction Solar Cell
Cross Section & Quantum Efficiencies
Top cell: Bottom cell:
short wavelengths long wavelengths
Space Systems I - Power Systems Summary 9
GPHS RTG Cross Section
Space Systems I - Power Systems Summary 10
Electrochemical Operation of a Cell
Space Systems I - Power Systems Summary 11
Space Station NiH2 Battery
Space Systems I - Power Systems Summary 12
MER Power Functional Block Diagram
Umbilical to LCE Suppression
Cruise Shunt Limiter Cruise
1/2 Panel Assembly Shunt
(5 Stages) Radiator
1/2 Panel CRUISE
Cruise Solar Array (4 Panels) Vc
Cruise Power LOADS
CRUISE PYRO LOADS
Rover (x6) Rover Shunt Limiter
Rover Solar Rover
Array (x2) Shunt ROVER
Array Panel (x6) (2 Stages) Radiator STAGE
Pyro Bus A Rover
Switching Pyro Bus B
Rover Power LOADS
ROVER PYRO LOADS
Assembly Battery Distribution
Control Unit Rover
Batteries Board Power VME Loads
(x2) Converter IMU, Cameras
Lander Pyro Lander Pyro
IMU PCU Switching Switching
BACkSHELL PYRO Backshell Pyro LiSo2
LOADS Assembly Interface
Switching Lander Batteries
Lander LOADS Control
LANDER PYRO LOADS
LANDER Unit RADAR ALTIMETER
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