Space Systems Design II

Instructor:

Dr. Robert D. Braun
robert.braun@ae.gatech.edu
321-3 Knight Building

Textbooks:

Required: Wertz, James, R. and Larson, Wiley J., editors, Space Mission Analysis & Design, 3rd edition, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999.

Course Website:

https://t-square.gatech.edu/

Prerequisites:

None

Course Overview:

AE4357 is second-semester course in yearlong series on space systems design. The class will be divided into competing teams of 5-6 students who will respond to an instructor-provided space systems request for proposal (RFP). Students will lead and manage each team, perform all design activities and prepare a proposal detailing their system concept. Student teams will design complete space systems mission. Lecture topics will address areas required by the specific RFP.

Each team will complete their design concept and receive feedback through two external reviews. The highest-rated proposal(s) will win the chance to represent GA Tech in one of several national space systems design competitions.

Course Materials:

Registered students can access all course materials via T-square.

Previous Projects

Spring 2007 Project:

In the Spring 2007, each student team will develop a mission and flight system concept to rendezvous, emplace navigation infrastructure and perform a mineralogical assay of the near-Earth asteroid, Apophis. This asteroid is anticipated to fly near the Earth in 2029 and again in 2035. The present mission and flight system design must complete its in-situ investigation prior to the end of calendar year 2016 to allow for implementation of a follow-on mission (either for resource mining or Earth deflection) in one of these two Earth flyby opportunities.

The following project constraints apply:
– Rendezvous with Apophis and return all data prior to Dec 31, 2016
– Total lifecycle cost < $500M (FY07$)
– Investigations must be performed in-situ (no Earth-based observation)
– A complete mission & flight system must be proposed (no instrument-only missions)
– The NASA Exploration Systems Architecture Study has been implemented as planned and these systems are available for use.

This announcement is open to all types of robotic platforms. The use of advanced technology is encouraged. For all technology not currently spaceflight qualified, a technology development plan must be included.

A panel of external reviewers will visit GA Tech to participate in two design reviews. Based on the review board’s ranking at the Draft Proposal Review, 1-2 teams may be selected to represent GA Tech in the 2007 RASC-AL competition in Cocoa Beach, FLA, the AIAA Space Systems Design competition, and/or the Planetary Society Design competition. Travel funds are available for all members of the selected team to participate (as needed) in these national space systems competitions.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Georgia Tech Pharos team (seniors Jonathan Sharma, Jarret Lafleur, Nilesh Shah, Jillian Apa, Jonathan Townley and Kreston Barron) who were awarded second place in the NASA ESMD 2007 Systems Engineering Competition and the Georgia Tech ASTI team (seniors Amanda Verges, Adam Maser, Matt Panaro, Bala Radharamanan and Masa Yano) who were awarded first place in the AIAA 2007 Space Systems Design Competition.


Spring 2006 Project:

In the Spring 2006, each student team will develop a mission and flight system concept for a Mars human precursor focused science investigation, with planned launch in 2025. Mission concepts must complement and extend the science results of prior Mars robotic spacecraft while responding to the science and technology challenges of preparing for human Mars exploration.
The following project constraints apply:
- It is the year 2018
- The NASA Exploration Systems Architecture Study has been implemented as planned.
- Phase A project start, December 2018
- Launch prior to December 31, 2025
- Total lifecycle cost < $2B (FY18$)
- Investigations must be performed in the Mars system (no Earth-based observation)
- A complete mission & flight system must be proposed (no instrument-only missions)

A panel of external reviewers will visit GA Tech to participate in two design reviews. Based on the review board’s ranking at the Draft Proposal Review, one to two teams will be selected to represent GA Tech in the 2006 RASC-AL competition in Cocoa Beach, FLA (May 21-24, 2006). Travel funds are available for all members of the selected team to participate in this national space systems competition.


Spring 2005 Project:

In the Spring 2005, each student team will develop a mission and flight system concept for a Mars focused science investigation, with planned launch in 2011. Mission concepts must complement and extend the science results of prior Mars exploration spacecraft and respond to current scientific challenges and interests.

The following project constraints apply:
- Phase A project start, December 2005
- Launch prior to December 31, 2011 (end of CY 2011)
- Total lifecycle cost < $450M (FY07$)
- Investigations must be performed in the Mars system (no Earth-based observation)
- A complete mission & flight system must be proposed (no instrument-only missions)

This announcement is open to all types of science platforms. The use of advanced technology is encouraged. For all technology not currently spaceflight qualified, a technology development plan must be included.

A panel of external reviewers will visit GA Tech to participate in two design reviews (Feb 23 and Apr 6). Based on the review board’s ranking at the Draft Proposal Review, a single team will be selected to represent GA Tech in the 2005 RASC-AL competition in Cocoa Beach, FLA. Travel funds are available for all members of the selected team to participate in this national space systems competition.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Georgia Tech Archer team (seniors Elizabeth Deems, Kyle Brewer, Clay Carpenter, Roger Lee and Frank Vargo), winners of the Forum Favorite Award at the 2005 USRA Lunar and Planetary Institute RASC-AL competition.


Spring 2004 Project:

CONGRATULATIONS to the Georgia Tech Cadmus Team (seniors Bob Thompson, Scott Francis, Randy Olsen Michael Parson and Robbie Coffman), winners of the 2004 RASC-AL undergraduate design competition. This team has been invited to present its Europa lander study at the AIAA Space 2004 Conference and Exposition in San Diego, CA, September 28-30, 2004.

 

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