Aerospace Engineering: Space Systems

Duration: 24 months

Credits required: 60 Credits from Core Course Selection with a C or better grade average

Degree Objectives:

Aerospace Engineering Associate of Science (AS) AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

Certificate of Emphasis/Micro Bachelor’s Degree/Aerospace Engineering NanoSatellite Specialist (can be applied towards a BS in Aerospace Engineering/ Minor in Space Systems with affiliated transfer schools)

Program Learning Outcomes: Graduates will be self-reliant, highly trained, hand-on engineers capable of identifying, analyzing, and solving all levels of technical aerospace, satellite, and rocket problems. They will be well-versed in advanced manufacturing technologies; spacecraft design and applications; and be knowledgeable about the business and marketing practices of industry they will soon enter. Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate basic knowledge of engineering principles of design and analysis and exhibit effective communication skills and ethical behavior demonstrated through their written work, teamwork, project execution, and leadership abilities.

CORE SPECIALTY SPACE SYSTEMS COURSES

Course Title: NVIT 001– General Introduction to Micro-Satellites
Duration: One Month (4 meetings)

Course Description

Today’s satellites are ever diminishing in their size and constantly increasing in their numbers. This course is a general introduction to micro-satellites—their history, their classes, and their applications. These tiny CubeSats and TubeSats offer a new set of basic considerations to aspiring satellite builders, owners, and operators who may choose to design and build a ‘small sat’ themselves. This course is the first step for those with no previous hands-on experience in the micro-satellite arena. It is a gateway to the fastest-growing sector of the global aerospace industry. Step into the exciting world of the small satellite revolution and meet the new breed of spacecraft that are democratizing space-access for everyone! No prior experience is required for participation in this course. Course duration:1 Month (4 meetings); 1 Credit

 Course Title: NVIT 002 Parts I & II — The New Commercial Space Industry: Rocket History, Design, and Applications (Part 1) Introduction to Rocket Engineering through Amateur Rocket Engagement (Part 2)

Course Description

Introduction to Rocket Engineering — Introduces rocket terminology, science, components, composite fabrication techniques, testing, launch, and safety concepts as demonstrated through amateur rocketry. It is recommended that students take this class in conjunction with NVIT 106 Introduction to Composite Fabrication Techniques to cover basic building techniques as applied to amateur-level rockets. An officer of the Pacific Rocket Society will give an on-line safety workshop, one of the world’s longest-established experimental rocket societies, founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1938. No prior experience is required for participation in this course. 3 Credits/One Academic Quarter Part I: 3 Credits Part II: 3 Credits/ 2 Academic Quarters

Course Title: NVIT 003–NanoSatellite Engineering Professional Certificate Course, Parts I & II Course Description

Certificate Program covering all aspects of NanoSatellite Development and Applications. Course will focus on student preparation for the construction of Interorbital Systems’ satellite kits. Online exams will be administered. Successful completion of examination will result in the award of NEP (Nanosatellite Engineering Professional) Certificate. Design of the payload for the IOS Satellite kit for launch is a principal component of this course. Areas of study concentration:  Mission Development and System Setup; Nano-Micro Satellite Architectures: Component Technologies; Software Development; Ground Station Systems; Computing & Attitude Control; Propulsion; Power; Telecommunications; Thermal Management; Creating the On-Board Payload, Experiment, or Application; Launch Opportunities & Deployment; Regulatory & Policy Issues. Part I: 3 Credits Part II: 3 Credits/ 2 Academic Quarters

Course Title: NVIT 004—The Small Satellite Revolution, Parts I & Part II

Course will focus on student construction, programming, and payload/experiment creation for Interorbital Systems’ satellite kits. This course will center on student learning in the areas of soldering, basic electronic construction via on-line (initially) classroom monitoring and evaluation by instructor. A choice of TubeSat or CubeSat kit will be made by the instructor. Integration of payload and launch preparation for the spacecraft will be the central focus of the course. Part I: 3 Credits Part II: 3 Credits/ 2 Academic Quarters

Course Title: NVIT 005—Programming Essentials for Satellite Developers, Parts I (Introduction) & II (Advanced)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Programming for Small Satellite developers including C, C++, and heavy emphasis on Arduino microcontroller open-source programming. Progressive course in Programming for beginners and continuing in Part II through advanced projects. Part I: 3 Credits Part II: 3 Credits/ 2 Academic Quarters

Course Title: NVIT 006—Introduction to Modern Aerospace Manufacturing Methods: Composite Construction Techniques; 3-D Printing; and Robotic Automation. Parts I&II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Modern composite fabrication is the cornerstone of aircraft and spacecraft fabrication. Laying-up composite structures has enjoyed a long history, with filament winding first appearing in industry in the 1960s. For decades, the automated manufacturing methods remained specialized manufacturing process used almost exclusively by aerospace companies. This technology is now widely distributed throughout the aerospace, marine, automotive, and numerous other industries. Automation advances in the last twenty years have allowed these other industries to adopt filament winding and other advanced technologies. This course will serve to introduce the theory and concepts behind composite construction, filament winding, 3-D Printing, and Robotic/Automated production methods. Part I: 3 Credits Part II: 3 Credits/ 2 Academic Quarters

 Course Title: NVIT 007 General Introduction to Software Development
Course Description:
A 4-week (4 classes) Introduction to the philosophy, mind-set, and methodologies to create and deploy appropriate software solutions for aerospace engineering problems. 3 Credits   1 Academic Quarter 

 Course Title: NVIT 008 Small Satellite Systems Engineering, Parts I and II
Course Description:
An in-depth examination of the systems used in modern CubeSats and other small spacecraft including communication; power management; solar power systems; experiment/application integration; antennae and ground systems requirements; and more. Part I (Introduction): 3 Credits Part II (Advanced): 3 Credits/ 2 Academic Quarters

Course Title: NVIT 009—Introduction to Modern Entrepreneurial Methods (Part I) Self-starting, teaming, and fundraising EntrepreneurshipBuilding Something from Nothing (Part II):

Building a company from the ground up starting with no budget 3.0 Credits                                                        Part I: 3 Credits Part II: 3 Credits/ 2 Academic Quarters

Course Title: NVIT 010—Introduction to Creative Marketing Parts I&II                                                                                COURSE DESCRIPTION: Creative Marketing-using social media and low-cost promotion methods to win clients and establish brand-recognition 3.0 Credits Part I: 3 Credits Part II: 3 Credits/ 2 Academic Quarters

  Required Engineering Courses:

 Course Title: NVIT 011—Mathematics for Small Satellite Engineers

Course Description:  Advanced Mathematics for satellite designers including Calculus I and II   Part I: 3 Credits Part II: 3 Credits/ 2 Academic Quarters

 Course Title: NVIT 012—Electronics for Small Satellite Engineers

Course Description: Circuit Analysis; Computer Aided Design; Soldering Techniques; Component Sourcing, and more. Part I (Introduction): 3 Credits Part II (Advanced): 3 Credits/ 2 Academic Quarters

Course Title: NVIT 013—Physics for Small Satellite Engineers

Course Description: Electricity and Magnetism; Thermodynamics; Optics; and more. Part I (Introduction): 3 Credits Part II (Advanced): 3 Credits/ 2 Academic Quarters

30 quarter credits to the degree requirement

For a Capstone Project, this could be a team project or individual project.

Total of 90 credits

The satellite build could be one type of Capstone Project; a space application could be another; building a ground station could also work

Associate of Science Capstone Lab Project: 30 Credits Part I (15 Credits) and Part II (15 credits) Part 1 Design and Planning of Project Part II Launch and Completion of Project.