Space System Design

(MAE 342) Spring 2016

Monday: Lecture at 1:30-2:50 pm; Precept at 7:30-8:20 pm
Wednesday: Lecture at 1:30-2:50 pm; Design Lab at 3-4:20 pm

D-221, Engineering Quadrangle

Robert F. Stengel

Princeton University
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

This course examines the design of spacecraft and launch vehicles, including the impacts of the atmosphere and the space environment on requirements and configurations. The principles and design aspects of the structure, propulsion, power, thermal, communication, and control subsystems are studied. There are two regular classes each week; lecture topics are listed in the 2016 Syllabus. Precepts and Design Labs are scheduled with flexible formats and topics. Six problem sets and a space system design project will be assigned. This term's emphasis is on deep space missions.

The course is required for the astronautics track of the aerospace engineering program, and it is accessible to all students with the necessary prerequisites (MAE 305 and 341).

2016 Syllabus

2016 Lecture Slides

2008 Term Paper Topics

2016 Term Paper Topic

last updated May 10, 2016. stengel at
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