Spacecraft Power Systems Training

Commitment 2 days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
User Ratings Average User Rating 4.8 See what learners said
Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


The Spacecraft Power Systems Training course provides spacecraft power systems engineers and satellite system architects with a comprehensive approach to the specification and detailed design of the power system. The impacts of the space environment and mission orbital constraints are appraised. Existing power sources and energy storage technologies are studied in depth. Technology readiness of emerging developments in power generation and storage is evaluated. Basic power system architectures and power regulation techniques are presented including power system block diagrams from flight programs. An LEO power system design example using existing design constraints is presented.

  • 2 days of Spacecraft Power Systems Training with an expert instructor
  • Spacecraft Power Systems Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee



Upon completing this Spacecraft Power Systems course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Design driving requirements for a space power system.
  • Details regarding environmental considerations in the design of power systems.
  • Orbit geometry calculations for common orbits and illumination profiles.
  • Solar cell technology and environmental susceptibility.
  • Battery technologies, including battery selection and sizing.
  • Power system architecture, selection, and regulation options
  • Design Example: Sample power system concept design of an LEO mission.
  • We can adapt this Spacecraft Power 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 Spacecraft Power Systems course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Spacecraft Power 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 Spacecraft Power Systems Training course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Spacecraft Power Systems course:

  • All

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this  Spacecraft Power Systems course are:

  • N/A


Day 1:
  1. Introduction to Space Power Systems Design. Power System overview with a focus on the origin of design-driving requirements, technical disciplines, and sub-system interactions.
  2. Environmental Effects. Definition of the environmental considerations in the design of power systems including radiation, temperature, UV exposure, and insolation.
  3. Orbital Considerations. Basic orbit geometries and calculations for common orbits. Consideration of illumination profiles including effects of spacecraft geometries.
  4. Power Sources: Solar cell technologies and basic physics of operation including electrical characteristics and environmental susceptibility. Solar panel design, fabrication, and test considerations.
Day 2:
  1. Energy Storage: Battery technologies, and flight-readiness of each. Battery selection and sizing characteristics. Battery voltage profiles, charge/discharge characteristics, and charging methods. Special battery handling considerations. Alternative storage technologies include fuel cell technologies and flywheels.
  2. Power System Architectures: System architecture and regulation options include direct energy transfer, peak-power tracking, and hybrid architectures. System-level interactions and trade-offs.
  3. Design Example: Sample power system concept design of an LEO mission including selection and sizing of batteries, and solar arrays. Focus on real-life trade-offs impacting cost, schedule, and other spacecraft activities and designs.
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