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Spacecraft Instrumentation: Integrating Design Across The Curriculum

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.888.1 - 6.888.6

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Michael Ruane

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Spacecraft instrumentation presents challenging and engaging design problems for interdisciplinary teams of students from electrical, computer systems, aerospace and mechanical engineering. Recently, senior design teams and UROP students have collaborated with astronomy researchers to help design sounding rocket and satellite instrumentation payloads. The Spacecraft Teaching and Research for Students (STARS) Project is extending these efforts to a freshman design module and to a junior/senior elective course in spacecraft instrumentation, creating a thread of design work across the curriculum. This paper describes the student spacecraft design problems, the new freshman module and their curriculum context. We also describe spacecraft design connections beyond the formal curriculum.

Ruane, M. (2001, June), Spacecraft Instrumentation: Integrating Design Across The Curriculum Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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