Introduction to systems and techniques used in electrical engineering design for space-based applications. Design, fabricate, and test an electronic system following accepted NASA and industry standards, including functional bench-top tests, thermal cycle testing, shake and vibration tests, and day in the life testing. Periodic formal reports will document design approaches and test results.
This course provides a lab experience to supplement 3104 - Introduction to Space Systems. It provides exercises to enable students to apply the design techniques used in 3104, and establishes familiarity with instrumentation and testing approaches common to space systems. Students must thoroughly understand fundamental electromagnetic theory and practical methods of space environment simulation testing prior to taking 3154, so a C- or better in 3105 is required.
Percentage of Course
|Circuit board layout software tutorial||10%|
|Safely working with space simulation vacuum systems||10%|
|Design project – Printed Circuit Board (PCB) layout||10%|
|Working with plasma sources in vacuum||10%|
|Population and bench testing of PCB design||10%|
|Environmental testing of PCB design (shake, bake, vacuum)||10%|
|Thermal plasma measurements in vacuum – Langmuir probe||10%|
|Thermal plasma measurements in vacuum – Retarding Potential Analyzer technique||10%|
|High energy particle source experiment||10%|
|Data analysis from high energy particle source||10%|