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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Course Overview

    The Space Environment – Implications for Spacecraft Design


    This course is designed to provide an introduction to the subject of spacecraft-environment interactions, also known as space environments and effects or space weather effects.  The course addresses each of the major environments: vacuum, neutral, plasma, radiation, and micrometeoroid / orbital debris.  In each section, the basic physics behind the environment is reviewed but the emphasis is on quantifying the magnitude of the various interactions and identifying mitigation techniques and design guidelines.

    Key Topics:

    • Vacuum Environment Effects – Solar UV Degradation, Molecular and Particulate Contamination
    • Neutral Environment Effects – Aerodynamic Drag, Atomic Oxygen Erosion, Glow
    • Plasma Environment Effects – Spacecraft Charging and Arc Discharging
    • Radiation Environment Effects – Total Dose and Single Event Effects
    • Micrometeoroid / Orbital Debris Effects – Hypervelocity Impact Damage

    Who Should Attend:

    This course is of interest to spacecraft system engineers, subsystem designers, payload providers, or space environments and effects specialists.  It is of particular interest to anyone who needs a better understanding of radiation degradation, spacecraft charging and discharging, contamination control, or other spacecraft-environment interactions.

    Course Information:

    Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
    Course Level: Advance

    Course scheduling available in the following formats:

    • Course at Conference
    • On-site Course
    • Stand-alone/Public Course

    Course Length: 2 days
    AIAA CEU's available: 1.6