Satellite Liquid Propulsion Systems Training

Commitment 4 days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


Liquid Rocket Propulsion Systems have been used on near-earth orbiting satellites and deep-space interplanetary missions for the last five decades. This four-day Satellite Liquid Propulsion Systems Training course provides a comprehensive treatment of all types of spacecraft pressure-fed liquid propulsion systems including (1): Monopropellant hydrazine and hydrogen peroxide systems, (2): Bipropellant MMH/NTO systems, and (3): Dual Mode Hydrazine/NTO systems. This hands-on, application-oriented course covers the fundamentals and applications of liquid rocket propulsion to satellite design and operation for both spinning and three-axis configurations.

The Satellite Liquid Propulsion Systems Training course includes propulsion Trade studies, Design and analyses, Component sizing and selection, Propulsion manufacturing, integration, and cleaning, System testing, Propellant loading and pressurization, Vertical and horizontal launch processing, Launch, Mission operations, On-station operations and Final de-orbiting of the satellite. Each student will receive a copy of a complete set of lecture notes and the AIAA papers from the instructor.

  • 4 days of Satellite Liquid Propulsion Systems Training with an expert instructor
  • Satellite Liquid Propulsion Systems Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee



Upon completing the Satellite Liquid Propulsion Systems course, the participant will be able to:

  • Fundamentals of
    • Rocket Propulsion and Rocket Engines
    • Liquid behavior in zero gravity
    • The flow of liquids and gases
  • Selecting the most appropriate propulsion system and components for a specific application
  • Design & Analysis of propulsion systems and components.
  • Propulsion system Integration, Cleaning, and Testing.
  • Propulsion System Launch Site operations
  • Propulsion system Flight Operations and Trouble shooting
  • Propulsion system In-orbit operations, Predicting propellant life, Anomaly resolution, Satellite de-orbiting
  • We can adapt this Satellite Liquid Propulsion Systems course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Satellite Liquid Propulsion Systems course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Satellite Liquid Propulsion Systems course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Satellite Liquid Propulsion Systems course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Satellite Liquid Propulsion Systems course:

  • All.

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this  Satellite Liquid Propulsion Systems course are:

  • N/A


  1. Introduction: Course Overview, Definitions, Thrust principle, Evolution of propulsion system
  2. Satellite Propulsion Subsystems Overview: Pressurized blow-down systems, Pressure regulated systems, Monopropellant, Bipropellant, and Dual mode systems
  3. Liquid Rocket Engines: Thrust, Impulse, Specific impulse, Impulse-bit, Thrust coefficient, Catalytic decomposition, Combustion stoichiometry Mixture ratio, Adiabatic flame temperature, Monopropellant / Bipropellant / Dual mode thrusters, Radiatively-, regeneratively-, and film-cooled combustion chambers, Thrust chamber materials, Station keeping thrusters, Liquid apogee motors (LAMs), Thruster valve and Injector design, Hot-fire testing, Thruster transient thermal models
  4. Propellant and Pressurant Tanks: Titanium and composite material tanks, Spherical, coni-spherical, cylindrical, and elliptical tanks, Common ox/fuel tanks, Two-port, and three-port tanks, Bladder, Diaphragm, and PMD tanks, Tank mountings, Spun and forged titanium tank sizing and weight tradeoffs, Launch vehicle interface considerations, Tank testing
  5. Propulsion Valves, and Filters: Latch valve and squib valve design and function, valve pressure drop (orifice equations for liquids and subsonic/sonic gas flow), Design of valve back pressure relief feature, Laminar flow through filters, Establishing components/system leakage requirements, Gas versus liquid leakage, Zero-leakage criteria, Filter dirt handling capacity, Sizing of pneumatic pressure regulators, Pressure transducers, and Temperature sensors types and accuracy
  6. Monopropellant System Design and Performance Analysis: The Gas Law, Propellant fill fraction, Propellant Tank blowdown pressure profile, Helium budget; Blowdown system performance model, Recharge systems, Performance tradeoff examples, adiabatic compressibility.
  7. Bipropellant/ Dual Mode System Design & Performance Analysis: Propellant and helium tank pressure profile, Heat transfer in helium tanks, Joule-Thompson effect in pressure regulators, Propellant tank regulation and lockup pressures, Feed system laminar and turbulent pressure drop, Component pressure drop matching for equal withdrawal from connected fuel (or oxidizer) tanks, Flow coefficients, Thruster flow networks, Water hammer transients, System flow, and performance modeling, The Rocket Equation, and Propellant budgets
  8. Zero-Gravity Fluid Handling: Problems of Gas-free liquid acquisition in zero-gravity, Bubble traps in spinning satellites, Liquid/gas-vapor interface in zero gravity, Zero gravity hydrostatics and hydrodynamics, Capillary phenomena, and surface tension forces, capillary strength against induced hydrostatic pressure and flow losses
  9. Propulsion Manufacturing, Testing, and Launch Site Operations: Post-manufacturing cleaning of the subsystem, Establishing propulsion system/component flushing flow and number of flushing cycles, Propulsion system vacuum drying, System testing, Explosive potential of pressurized vessels ( TNT), Launch site safety requirements, Vertical / Horizontal ground processing, Helium gas solubility in liquid propellants, Propellant tank loading and pressurization, Helium tank pressurization
  10. Satellite Liquid Propulsion Systems Training – Flight Operations: Orbit-raising maneuvers, On-orbit maneuvers Propellant life prediction techniques, Optimizing propellant life, End-of-life de-orbit strategies, Troubleshooting, Anomaly resolution
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