Space Environment and Its Effects on Space 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


This four-day Space Environment & Its Effects On Space Systems Training class on the space environment and its effects on space systems is for technical and management personnel who wish to gain an understanding of the important issues that must be addressed in the development of space instrumentation, subsystems, and systems. The goal is to assist students to achieve their professional potential by endowing them with an understanding of the fundamentals of the space environment and its effects. The class is designed for participants who expect to either, plan, design, build, integrate, test, launch, operate, or manage payloads, subsystems, launch vehicles, spacecraft, or ground systems.

  • 4 days of Space Environment & Its Effects On Space Systems Training with an expert instructor
  • Space Environment & Its Effects On Space Systems Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
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Upon completing this Space Environment and It’s Effects On Space Systems course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Space system failures caused by the space environment
  • Risk analysis, management, and mitigation
  • Fundamentals of the space neutral, plasma, solar, and radiation environments
  • Effects of the space environment on space systems and how to mitigate their effects
  • We can adapt this Space Environment & Its Effects On Space Systems Training course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Space Environment & Its Effects On Space Systems course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Space Environment & Its Effects On Space Systems 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 Space Environment & Its Effects On Space Systems course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Space Environment and It’s Effects On Space Systems course:

  • Scientists, engineers, and managers involved in the management, planning, design, fabrication, integration, testing, or operation of space instruments, space subsystems, and spacecraft are the targeted audience. The course will provide an understanding of the space environment and its interactions with payloads and spacecraft to improve their design and enhance their performance and survivability.

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this  Space Environment and Its Effects on Space Systems course are:

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  1. OVERVIEW OF SELECTED SYSTEMS Typical spacecraft missions, Cassini-Huygens mission, Near Earth Asteroid, Space Navigation Systems
  2. RISK MANAGEMENT Risk Management Plan and Procedures, Hazard Analyses (Weibull distribution), Reliability, Testing to Enhance Reliability Readiness Assessments, Techniques to Enhance Reliability, Reliability, and Quality Assurance
  3. UNIVERSE Formation of the Universe, Evidence for the Big Bang, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Structure of the Universe, Star Formation and Evolution, Detecting Black Holes, Extrasolar Planets
  4. SOLAR SYSTEM Formation, Solar System Bodies, Planets, and their Characteristics, Dwarf Planets and Plutoids, Small Solar System Bodies (asteroids, comets, Kuiper belt objects, Oort cloud)
  5. THE SUN Overview of Solar Characteristics, Structure of the Sun, Solar Rotation Rates, Solar Activity (sunspots, CME, etc), Heliosphere, Solar Energy, Surface Interactions (radiation pressure, ultraviolet degradation), Solar Simulators
  6. GRAVITATIONAL FIELDS Fundamentals (law of motion and gravitation, conservative force, potential), Higher-Order Gravitational Fields (surface spherical harmonic representation, Legendre functions), Gravitational Models (World Geodetic System (WGS), Earth Gravitational Models (EGM), geoid and reference ellipsoid, planetary models), Liquid and Solid Body Tides (effects on Moon and Earth), Two-body Motion, Orbit Precession, Lagrange Librations Points, Gravity Gradient Forces, and Torques
  7. MAGNETIC FIELDS Magnetic Field properties, Dynamo Model, Dipole Magnetic Field, Solar and Interplanetary Magnetic Field Solar System Magnetic Field, Magnetic Field Modeling, Magnetic Field Models, Magnetic Field Disruptions and Reversals, Magnetic Activity, Magnetic Rigidity, Magnetic Field Interaction with Spacecraft Systems, Magnetometers, Earth’s Electric Field
  8. MAGNETOSPHERE Ionopause, Magnetosphere (standoffs altitudes, relative sizes, solar wind characteristics), Solar System Magnetospheres (planetary magnetospheres, ring currents)
  9. RADIATION ENVIRONMENT Radiation Sources, Motion of Charged Particles (Lorentz force, equation of motion), Single Particle Motion in Uniform Field (gyration, gyro-frequency, Larmor radius), Motion in Non-Uniform Fields (guiding center motion, drifts, simulations), Trapped Radiation (Earth models, simulation results, observations), Cosmic Rays (anomalous, galactic, solar modulation, models, simulations), Solar Particle Events (observed events, time variation, correlation with solar activity, models), Mars Surface Model
  10. RADIATION INTERACTIONS Radiation Effects, Radiation Fundamentals (ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, charge particle interactions, nuclear and electron interactions, stopping power, linear energy transfer, Bethe-Bloch equation), Photon Interactions, Neutron Interactions, Charged Particle Interactions (transport codes, shielding effectiveness), Semiconductors (susceptibility), Effects on Semiconductors (displacement, total ionization, and single event effects), Radiation Mitigation (SOA, scrubbing, hardness assurance, strategies), Relative Damage Coefficients (sample RDCs, simulations), Radiation Hardness Assurance and Qualification (activities by program phase, test, relevant documents, safety factors)
  11. RADIOBIOLOGY Fundamentals (ionizing and nonionizing radiation, deterministic and stochastic effects), Radiation Units (activity, absorbed, dose equivalent, equivalent dose), Radiation Standards (exposure recommendations, risks), Radiation Spaceflight Risks (limits, estimated and measured mission exposures, missions restrictions)
  12. NEUTRAL ATMOSPHERE Gas laws, Kinetic theory of Gases, Effusion, Paschen’s Law, Earth’s Atmosphere, Pressure Density variation with Altitude, Planetary Atmospheres, Propagation, Atomic Oxygen, Aerodynamic Forces, Earth Atmospheric Models, Planetary Atmospheric Models
  13. PLASMA INTERACTIONS Plasma Characteristics, Planetary Ionospheres, Earth Ionosphere, Ionospheric Data, Earth Ionospheric Models, Propagation in a Plasma, Sputtering, Spacecraft Charging, Spacecraft Charging Mitigation, Solar Array Grounding
  14. SPACECRAFT CONTAMINATION Material Outgassing, Surface Cleanliness Levels, Cleanroom Cleanliness, Contamination Control Program, Contamination Analysis, Contamination Assessment, Planetary Protection
  15. METEOROIDS AND SPACE DEBRIS Meteoroid and Debris Observations, Meteoroid Models, Debris Models, Debris Clouds, Gabbard Diagrams, Debris Mitigation, Collision Probabilities, Recommendations for Impact Protection, Shields and Bumpers, Collision Avoidance, ORION MMOD Protection, DRAGONS Mission
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