Space Mission Operations


Space Mission Operations

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This course is available with a live instructor
onsite or through a virtual platform.

COMING SOON: This course is also available 
prerecorded, working at your own pace.

From Concept to Implementation

Course Description:

This course explores the challenge of designing and implementing sustainable mission support in a practical, cost-effective way. This 3 or 4 day course takes a functional approach to provide an in-depth view of the entirety of space mission operations. This includes the concept of operations and all functions that are performed in support of a space mission. Interactive discussions focus on initial requirements definition, operations concept development, functional allocation among spacecraft, payload, ground system and operators. Constraints imposed by the space environment, orbital mechanics, communication architectures and other mission systems are also evaluated. Participants gain extensive hands-on experience with a variety of mission operations modeling tools to understand physical constraints and appreciate the impact of programmatic trade-offs. Case studies of ongoing NASA, DoD and commercial missions are examined in detail. This course is designed for systems engineers, payload principle investigators, subsystem engineers or project managers who are responsible for the detailed design and operation of space systems.

At the end of this course you will be able to:
✦ Define and explain the critical activities of space mission operations
✦ Develop a mission concept of operations
✦ Describe the elements that contribute to mission operations complexity and perform trade-off analyses to reduce that complexity
✦ Apply principles of orbital mechanics to plan and implement key operations activities
✦ Describe and analyze key elements of mission ground systems including communication link budgets
✦ Compare and contrast operations concepts for military, civil, scientific and human space missions
✦ Develop the planning, execution and support requirements for real-time space mission operations

 Course Introduction and Overview
    • Course Introduction
    • Mission Operations Overview
 Mission Operations Planning
• ConOps Development
    • Operations Complexity
✦ Tracking and Navigation
• Understanding and Using Orbits
    • Predicting Orbits
 Mission Data Receipt and Deliver
 • Introduction to TT&C
    • Ground Systems and Communication Architectures
✦ Spacecraft Support and Analysis
• Environmental Effects and Spacecraft Design
    • Contingency Planning and Anomalies
✦ Flight Control and Training
• Activities, Roles and Responsibilities
    • Organization and Training
✦ Numerous case studies and exercises throughout the course

Each participant will receive:
• A complete set of course notes with copies of all slides used in the presentations
• An e-copy of the Cost Effective Mission Operations textbook (not included with online course)

Sample Handout – coming soon!


      Course Textbook

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