Introduction to space engineering fundamentals, key concepts and missions

Duration: 4 hours

Language: English

Lecturer: Mr. Frank AIROLDI

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General outline

This session will provide our attendees with an overall summary of the various specific characteristics of the space environment and related constraints (module 1), along with the engineering concepts required to understand the technical fundamentals of a space mission (module 2). Based on these background elements, our attendees will go through each component that make up a satellite communications system (module 3) and a satellite Earth observation system (module 4).


Module 1.1: Space environment and associated constraints

Space environment
  • Key space environment characteristics
  • Orbital mechanics
Space constraints
  • Launch constraints
  • Effects of orbital perturbations on spacecraft
  • Effects of the space environment on materials and electrical components
Implications for spacecraft design
  • On-board thermal regulation
  • Electronic hardening
  • Orbit determination and control
  • Mechanical testing


Module 1.2: General introduction to space missions

Key mission components
  • Space segment architecture: platform and payload
  • Ground and launch segment
  • Mission operations
Key applications and system design
  • Types of missions and objectives
  • System design drivers


Module 1.3: Satellite communications systems overview

Inventory and definition of satellite communications services
  • Raw capacity
  • Managed services
  • Managed capacity
  • End-to-end solutions
The space segment
  • The satellite
  • The satellite control center
  • The frequency resource
The ground segment
  • User terminals and RF gateways
  • The resource manager
  • Communication hubs
Most impacting mission concept trends
  • High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems
  • Flexible & reconfigurable systems
  • Constellation systems


Module 1.4: Satellite Earth observation systems overview

  • Environment (meteorology, agriculture, forestry, etc.)
  • Intelligence (economic, security, defense)
Main parameters and drivers
  • Main characteristics of the observation targets (size, frequency of occurrence, wavelength of observability)
  • Design drivers (revisit, resolution, wavelength, day/night, all-weather, local, global, tasking cycle)
  • Going from requirements to launch and operations
System architecture
  • Space segment (number of satellites, orbits, agility, …)
  • Ground segment (stations, ISL, processing, dissemination)
  • Optical, radar (imagery, altimetry), lidar
  • Connected systems: Geoint, Sigint

Duration & Timing

4 hours (240 mn)

Module 1.1: ~60 mn (including Q&As)
Module 1.2: ~60 mn (including Q&As)
Module 1.3: ~60 mn (including Q&As)
Module 1.4: ~60 mn (including Q&As)  

Delivery date

November 9, 2022 (2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. CET)


This session has been designed as an overview of space engineering for attendees with no particular technical background or alternatively as a general introduction to more advanced courses in space engineering for attendees with a technical background.


● Mr. Frank AIROLDI, Satconsult (modules 1.1 to 1.4)

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