Spacecraft Propulsion Systems Training

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


The spacecraft Propulsion Systems Training course is designed for professionals interested in how rocket propulsion is applied to spacecraft including attitude control, orbit change, and orbit maintenance. This Spacecraft Propulsion Systems course begins with a review of space mission fundamentals as they drive spacecraft propulsion system requirements. This is followed by an explanation of how those requirements are flowed down to the propulsion system and how the propulsion system is made to meet them. It includes an overview of the relevant propulsion technologies (e.g., cold gas, chemical, electric), propulsion technology selection, system design, and component evaluation.

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



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

  • The interaction between space mission objectives, orbits, and other requirements
  • Orbital dynamics for propulsion system design
  • How rocket engines work
  • How the spacecraft architecture is created and how it impacts the propulsion system
  • How propulsion requirements are derived
  • How propulsion architectures are developed from the mission and spacecraft architecture
  • How propulsion subsystems are designed to meet the requirements
  • Lessons learned both personally and from his friends
  • We can adapt this Spacecraft 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 Spacecraft Propulsion Systems course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Spacecraft 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 Spacecraft Propulsion Systems Training course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this spacecraft Propulsion Systems course:

  • The spacecraft Propulsion Systems course is designed for professionals interested in how rocket propulsion is applied to spacecraft including attitude control, orbit change, and orbit maintenance.

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

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  1. Introduction: the functions performed by spacecraft propulsion systems and their interfaces with the rest of the vehicle.
  2. Space Missions: descriptions of the functions performed by various types of spacecraft including communication, science, and observation in and beyond Earth Orbit
  3. Orbital Dynamics: gravitation, axis systems, orbital paths, orbit perturbations such as atmospheric drag and the non-spherical Earth, and orbit changes
  4. Rockets: thrust, impulse, physical hardware effects, performance, contamination
  5. Launch Vehicles: launch facilities, performance, and Users’ Guides and what they mean to the spacecraft propulsion designer
  6. Spacecraft: propulsion uses including attitude control, orbit acquisition, orbit maintenance; propulsion effects on the vehicle including contamination and slosh; propulsion to vehicle interfaces
  7. Propulsion System Requirements: total impulse, engine line of action, orbit transfer thrust, minimum torque bit, budgets, environments, limitations, plume effects, thermal effects, safety, reliability
  8. Propulsion Technologies: cold gas, chemical (solid, liquid including monopropellants and bipropellants, hybrid), electric including thermal and ion
  9. Engine Requirements: thrust, specific Impulse, minimum impulse bit, duty cycle, life
  10. Rocket Engines and Their Major Features: large, small, solid, liquid, hybrid, electric
  11. Tanks: ASME Boiler Code, high-performance tankage, thin wall tanks, composite overwrap pressure vessels; propellant management
  12. Other components: valves, filters, regulators, instrumentation, propellant lines
  13. Propulsion Design: technology selection, margin, schematics, and arrangements, trade studies, component selection, fluid system schematics
  14. Lessons Learned: cleanliness, process control, detonability
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