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Introduction to Space Systems

Design and Synthesis

Series: Space Technology Library, Vol. 27

Aguirre, Miguel A.

2013, XXX, 482 p.

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  • Constitutes a unique space system design book considering the different space system components from the point of view of their interaction and how the different components fit together
  • Concentrates first on the space system design that will be performed because a new space system is approved to be a fully funded space project
  • Studies the decisions, interactions, trade-offs and functional and numerical allocations which constitute the process of design
The definition of all space systems starts with the establishment of its fundamental parameters: requirements to be fulfilled, overall system and satellite design, analysis and design of the critical elements, developmental approach, cost, and schedule. There are only a few texts covering early design of space systems and none of them has been specifically dedicated to it. Furthermore all existing space engineering books concentrate on analysis. None of them deal with space system synthesis – with the interrelations between all the elements of the space system. Introduction to Space Systems concentrates on understanding the interaction between all the forces, both technical and non-technical, which influence the definition of a space system. This book refers to the entire system: space and ground segments, mission objectives as well as to cost, risk, and mission success probabilities.

Introduction to Space Systems is divided into two parts. The first part analyzes the process of space system design in an abstract way. The second part of the book focuses on concrete aspects of the space system design process. It concentrates on interactions between design decisions and uses past design examples to illustrate these interactions. The idea is for the reader to acquire a good insight in what is a good design by analyzing these past designs.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Orbit domain - Satellite configuration domain - Satellite technology - Space disciplines - Space mission cost - Space system design - System design - Systems architecture - Systems sciences

Related subjects » Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Mechanical Engineering

Table of contents 

Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: Space Disciplines.- Chapter 3: Requirements, Specifications, and Design.- Chapter 4: Constraints and Design.- Chapter 5: System Design as a Synchronic Process.- Chapter 6: System Definition as a Diachronic Process.- Chapter 7: Introduction to the Design Domains.- Chapter 8: The Observables and Instruments Domain.- Chapter 9: The Orbit and Attitude Domain.- Chapter 10: The Satellite Configuration Domain.- Chapter 11: The Operational Data Flow Domain.- Chapter 12: The Instrument Output Data Flow Domain.- Chapter 13: Space Missions Cost and Alternative Design Approaches.- Index.

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