Course Description

Credit Validation for ISR University/Global Space University Participants Only

This course builds upon the principles of orbital mechanics and spacecraft design learned in Space 100. Graduates of this course will be able to clearly articulate how satellites, payloads, and constellations are designed to provide specific capabilities. A thorough exploration of the scientific concepts behind the design of various space- based assets include the use of the Electromagnetic Spectrum in remote sensing, frequency allocation and budgets for satellite communications, and the intricacies of precision navigation and timing (PNT). For their final project, the students will design a payload, spacecraft and its associated systems and sub-systems, and constellation for a specific purpose as well as describe the launch and orbital transfer parameters required to ultimately achieve their design.

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Course Details

Number of Units: 5.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for Commercial/Industry Space professionals, US Military & allied partners.

Directions to Enrolled Participants for University Credit: Submit your Certificate of Completion by email to [email protected] after enrolling for credit and completing the course.

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or equivalent & Some College or bachelor’s degree, AND SP100

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What You Will Learn

  • Identify the purpose of having a robust and iterative spacecraft and constellation design process
  • Discuss the lifecycle of a space mission to include concept exploration, detailed development, production and deployment, and operations and support
  • Describe the 9 steps of the Space Mission Analysis and Design process
  • Discuss spacecraft design for remote sensing
  • Discuss spacecraft design for communications
  • Discuss spacecraft design for navigation and timing
  • Design spacecraft and orbit to perform specific mission


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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