Space Mission Structures Training – From Concept to Launch

Commitment 3 days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


Space Mission Structures Training – From Concept to Launch course presents the structure for a space or launch vehicle as a system. Originally based on the instructor’s book, Spacecraft Structures, and Mechanisms: From Concept to Launch, this course has evolved and been improved continuously since 1995.

If you are an engineer involved in any aspect of spacecraft or launch-vehicle structures, regardless of your level of experience, you will benefit from this course. Subjects include functions, requirements, environments, stress analysis, fracture mechanics, finite element analysis, configuration development, preliminary design, designing to avoid problems with dynamic loads, improving the loads-cycle process, verification planning, quality assurance, testing, and risk assessment.

  • 3 days of Space Mission Structures Training – From Concept to Launch with an expert instructor
  • Space Mission Structures Training – From Concept to Launch Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee



Upon completing this Space Mission Structures – From Concept to Launch course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Structural functions, requirements, and environments
  • How structures behave and how they fail
  • How to develop structures that are cost-effective and dependable for space missions
  • We can adapt this Space Mission Structures 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 Mission Structures Training course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Space Mission Structures 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 Space Mission Structures course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Space Mission Structures course:

  • Structural design engineers, stress and dynamics analysts, systems engineers, and others interested in the topic.

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this  Space Mission Structures course are:

  • N/A


Overview of Space Mission Structures
  • Structural functions and requirements
  • Effects of the space environment
  • Everything made of solid materials is a structure
  • How launch affects things structurally
  • Dispelling some myths
  • Top-level criteria for strength analysis
  • Understanding verification
  • Relating verification to requirements
Launch Environments and How Structures Respond
  • Overview of the mechanics of vibration
  • Breaking down the launch environment
  • Quasi-static loads
  • Transient loads and coupled loads analysis
  • Sinusoidal vibration
  • Acoustics
  • Random vibration
  • Mass/acceleration curves
  • Pyrotechnic shock
Assessing Structural Integrity: Stress Analysis
  • Stress and strain
  • Accounting for strength variation
  • What it means to assess the structural integrity
  • Government standards for test options and factors of safety
  • Understanding stress analysis and its dependence on test
  • An effective process for strength analysis
  • Common pitfalls and case histories
  • Fatigue and fracture mechanics
  • Fracture control
  • Structural design criteria
Overview of Finite Element Analysis
  • Idealizing structures
  • Introduction to FEA and stiffness matrices
  • Effective use of FEA
  • Quality assurance for FEA
Configuration Development and Preliminary Structural Design
  • A process for preliminary design
  • Configuring a spacecraft
  • Types of structures and forms of construction
  • Materials
  • Methods of attachment
  • Reducing cost by reducing the number of parts
  • Designing an adaptable structure
  • Using analysis to design efficient structures (truss example)
  • Providing direct load paths
  • Estimating weight and managing weight growth
Improving the Loads-Cycle Process
  • The traditional loads-cycle process with coupled loads analysis (CLA)
  • Ideas for improving the loads-cycle process
  • Managing payload math models
  • Integrating stress analysis with CLA
  • Potentially eliminating the need for mission-specific CLA for the launch of small spacecraft
  • Sensitivity analysis for large spacecraft
Verification and Quality Assurance
  • Whose job is this?
  • Attending to details
  • Controlling the configuration
  • Proactive verification
  • Verification methods and logic
  • Philosophies for product inspection
  • Establishing a test program
  • Designing an effective test
  • Documenting and presenting verification
Final Verification and Risk Assessment
  • Overview of final verification
  • Addressing late-arising loads problems
  • What does it mean to “understand” a risk?
  • Hypothetical example: Negative margin of safety
  • Making the launch decision
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