Space System Design
(MAE 342) Spring 2016
Monday: Lecture at 1:30-2:50 pm; Precept at 7:30-8:20 pm
Wednesday: Lecture at 1:30-2:50 pm; Design Lab at 3-4:20 pm
D-221, Engineering Quadrangle
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
This course examines the design of spacecraft and launch vehicles, including the impacts of the atmosphere and the space environment on requirements and configurations. The principles and design aspects of the structure, propulsion, power, thermal, communication, and control subsystems are studied. There are two regular classes each week; lecture topics are listed in the 2016 Syllabus. Precepts and Design Labs are scheduled with flexible formats and topics.
Six problem sets and a space system design project will be assigned. This term's emphasis is on deep space missions.
The course is required for the astronautics track of the aerospace engineering program, and it is accessible to all students with the necessary prerequisites (MAE 305 and 341).
2008 Term Paper Topics
- Plasma-Based Technique for Sample Ablation and Ionization on a Mars Rover
- Cloud Cluster of Pico-Satellites
- Space-Based Laser for Space Debris Cleanup
- Halo-Orbit Satellite for Relay Communication with the Far Side
- Lunar GPS and Communications Network
- Lunar Rover for Implantation of Seismic Stations
- Lunar Communication and Navigation System Using Lunar Orbiters and L2 Halo Orbit Relay
- Sample Return from Mars
- SPARKSat: A Satellite for K-12 Education
- Asteroid Deflection by a Gravity Tractor
- Satellite to Detect Aten Asteroids
- Internet-Based Satellite Communication System
- Lunar Polar Lander with Sample Return
- Urban Heat-Island-Monitoring Satellite
- Near-Earth Object Detection
- Heat Engine as Spacecraft Power Generator
- Nano-Satellite to Observe Orbiting Spacecraft
- Launch Vehicle to Deliver a Rover to the Moon
2016 Term Paper Topic
- Project 2020 UA: A System to Defend Earth from Impact by a Long-Period Asteroid
- Deep-Space Interception and Deflection
- Near-Space Interception and Deflection
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last updated May 11, 2018. stengel at princeton.edu
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