Course Description:

This three to five day tailorable course provides the conceptual framework for developing human space missions starting from a blank sheet of paper. It describes and teaches the manned space mission analysis and design process. The entire course is process oriented to equip each participant with the practical tools to complete a conceptual design and analyze the impacts of evolving requirements.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, you will be able to…
• Summarize human spaceflight mission analysis and design principles, limitations and processes and apply them to develop goals, objectives as well as top level requirements
• Describe the physiological and psychological limitations and challenges for humans to live and work in space
• Explain basic principles of orbital mechanics and how they apply to human missions. Apply these principles to calculate and analyze trajectory and orbit maneuver options for different mission concepts.
• Describe and apply space element architectures, design and sizing principles and processes for on-orbit, ascent and re-entry operations. Apply sizing principles to estimate mass and power for a given set of requirements.
• Characterize the scope, functions and physical architecture options for human spaceflight support systems such as Environmental Control and Life Support, Thermal Control, EVA Systems and others. Apply sizing principles to estimate mass and power for a given set of requirements.
• Discuss scope, functions and requirements for mission operations elements including Operations Planning; command, control and communications (C3); Logistics; and in-situ resource utilization (ISRU).

Who Should Attend:

Program managers, engineers and scientists who need to understand the complete process involved in designing human space missions.
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Course Materials

Each participant will receive:

  • A copy of the course text Human Spaceflight by Larson and Pranke
  • A complete set of course notes with copies of all slides used in the presentations

TSTI Alumni status allowing on-line access to course materials, including tools and videos through the Alumni Lounge


Testimonials

“Every engineer could use this course and they should take it ASAP!” – Johnson Space Center Engineer
“Useful for just about anyone in the aerospace industry.” – Kennedy Space Center Engineer


Course Topics

MODULE 1: MISSION DESIGN

  • Designing Human Space Missions
  • Safety of Human Space Missions
  • Space Environments

MODULE 2: CREW

  • Physiology of Human Spaceflight
  • Human Factors and Psychology
  • International Crewed Missions

MODULE 3: ORBITS & TRAJECTORIES

  • Understanding Orbits
  • Describing and Using Orbits
  • Orbit Maneuvering and Rendezvous
  • Entry, Descent, Landing and Ascent

MODULE 4: THE SPACE ELEMENT

  • Designing and Sizing Space Elements
  • Designing and Sizing Transfer Vehicles
  • Cost Estimating

MODULE 5: SUPPORT SUBSYSTEMS

  • Thermal Control
  • Environmental Control and Life Support
  • Crew Accommodation
  • ADCS/GNC
  • Electrical Power
  • Data Handling
  • Structures
  • Space Propulsion
  • EVA Systems

MODULE 6: MISSION OPERATIONS ELEMENT

  • Mission Operations
  • Command, Control and Communications (C3)
  • Logistics Support
  • In-Situ Resources

HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT CASE STUDIES

  1. Project: Mars
  2. International Space Station
  3. Soyuz
  4. Commercial Crew
  5. Lunar Outpost
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