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16.851 Satellite Engineering Portfolio Anna Silbovitz December 10, 2003
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Outline I. Overall Learning Objectives II. Satellite Topics a. STK b. Orbits c. Power d. Environment e. Attitude Control System f. Communication g. Software and Automation III. References
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I. Overall Learning Objectives I was hoping from this class to gain a general understanding of how satellite engineering works, and how different satellite subsystems interact. I wanted to learn both technical and practical information about how to design the different subsystems. I do realize that to thoroughly understand most of the subsystems, a separate class full of material could be taught on each. Considering this, I thought that what was taught in class did fulfill the objectives of the class. A good overview of each topic was presented; the basic technical material was shown as well as the high-level issues that are a concern in thinking how different satellite subsystems interact. The homework provided an interesting opportunity to investigate the different topics taught in class. However, I often felt that there was not enough time to develop the problem in depth, so that the tools we produced made so many assumptions and used so many ‘short-cut’ type equations that, while they did demonstrate to us some of the trade- offs, they are probably not very useful in real design. I also felt, by around the fifth homework, that I was running out of fresh ideas; working with new people every week made it difficult to come up with problems unique to the whole group that involved interesting trades. Working with new people did add help to add a different perspective, since many of us have different backgrounds concerning what we already understood about satellites. However, I thought it would have been more beneficial to work with one group the entire semester, and for each homework to be built on the one done previously. That way, by the end of the class, each group would have a tool that analyzed many different subsystems with a large amount of depth and detail. Finally, I would like to add that throughout the semester I was continuously frustrated and confused as to what was expected on the homework. I felt the requests made of us were contradictory; it was impossible to keep each assignment brief but to adequately investigate several trade-offs. The result was that we had to make many assumptions, and restrict the problem, which made it less realistic as mentioned above. And often when my group did restrict the
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problem in that way, in an attempt to keep the code, write-up, and amount of hours dedicated to the project reasonable, comments in the grading of the homework indicated that the problem was too restrictive. In the remainder of this document, I will discuss many of the topics that were covered in
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