A compelling class seen through the
eyes of professor and student
highly optimized parts didnt work well together. Our carefully
designed components were difficult to manufacture. Our specially crafted
circuits stopped working in radiation environments, in vacuums and in
thermal isolation. Our operational procedures for using the satellites
once in space were too costly.
We now laugh remembering those difficult moments and how we learned to
look for new techniques and models to find solutions.
This is not your normal course. Were building real spacecraft. It is
hard to dismiss the excitement of the final frontier. Imagine it: Get
the fun and the satisfaction of building satellites that will orbit the
Earth and test new technologies, snap pictures and broadcast messages
created by us.
Apart from the educational aspect, our satellites test new technologies
and methods to design and operate spacecraft not only for our lab but
for others in the aerospace industry. We are discovering new
technologies that make space-based systems more economically competitive
through reduced cost, faster development and higher quality services.
That, no doubt, will contribute to the aerospace industrys new emphasis
on faster, cheaper, better. Beyond that, our activities are gaining
notoriety and support from NASA and the aerospace community.
Spacecraft Design is now much more than a college course.