June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
The aerospace systems field has recently been attracting more and more interest. The scope of activities in this area includes vehicles for space exploration, communication, tourism and national security. This trend is expected to increase across the country since there is a strategic focus on space at all levels, military, academic and commercial. This focus has materialized recently by the initiative of the Federal Government to create a separate branch of the military called Space in addition to the traditional branches of the Navy, the Marines, the Air Force, the Army and the National Guard. With this trend, demand for research, construction, testing and launch of space vehicles is expected to escalate rapidly. More and higher-level expertise will be needed for manufacturing and testing of the space vehicles in general and specifically for small satellites. Small satellites are defined as space vehicles in the range of 50-500 lb (23-230 kg). Although small, these satellites are useful in a number of applications and require moderate size equipment for their testing. The current emphasis in the engineering education includes the manufacturing of such systems and the testing of this equipment to ensure they sustain the launching phase. While some universities are already well positioned in the manufacturing side of these small satellites, there is an opportunity for many others to have their students and faculty engage in the multidisciplinary testing aspects of these vehicles. Stakeholders from such collaboration include the university, the industry, the faculty and the students as well as the community. The following paper describes the collaborative frame being put in place by our university to address these needs and the anticipated impact on the curriculum. The specific needs are in the design, the advanced manufacturing, the dynamics, and vibration testing of these small satellite aerospace systems.
Musimbi, O. M., & Proano, J. (2019, June), Testing of Small Satellite Systems and Impact on Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33365
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