2016 Space Systems Design Project

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Instructor(s)
Matunaga Saburo  Sakamoto Hiraku  Nakanishi Hiroki 
Course component(s)
Lecture / Exercise /Experiment
Day/Period(Room No.)
Intensive ()  
Group
-
Course number
MEC.M332
Credits
3
Academic year
2016
Offered quarter
1-2Q
Syllabus updated
2017/1/11
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

The aim of this course is for students to learn systems engineering and project management techniques for enduring severe restrictions and a harsh launching environment to certainly achieve a minimum success, through design and creation of artificial satellites, and launching experiments. They will also set the ultimate goal to complete the mission at the international experiments on launching rockets which will be carried out in the US, after passing various required examinations including those set by external organizations. They will learn fundamental knowledge of satellite development as well as aim at improving teamwork skills such as leadership and followership through effectively working together and sharing tasks with their own group members. In addition, through coordination and negotiations with groups for launching a rocket and other participants, and on-site reporting sessions etc., they will develop their abilities to communicate their thoughts, understand others, and work together with others.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to
1) Gain basic/common knowledge of space engineering necessary for satellite development
2) Learn the basics of project management to understand and implement the process leading from project planning to achievement
3) Learn skills for teamwork, such as leadership and followership
4) Lead negotiations with others/other groups to improve their abilities to understand others and communicate their thoughts

Keywords

Space Engineering, Satellite design and development, Project Management

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

Students will design and develop a satellite model of beverage can size, called CANSAT, and perform a deployment test from a balloon. Furthermore, although it is out of the scope of the course, students may participate in the rocket launching event to be held in the US in September, if they wish to join and they pass external reviews. They will work on preparation so that they can pass required proving tests (deployment from a balloon) and examinations set by NPOs in Japan. In principle, the number of the participating students will be limited to around 10. In addition to regular lecture classes, progress reports, discussions, environmental tests, and review sessions will be held, students will participate in external reviews, joint balloon experiments, and the like.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance Define policy of the project.
Class 2 Mission design 1 Conduct Mission design 1
Class 3 Mission design 2 Conduct Mission design 2
Class 4 Mission Definition Review (MDR) Conduct Mission Definition Review (MDR)
Class 5 Structure design and component tests 1 Conduct Structure design and component tests 1
Class 6 Structure design and component tests 2 Conduct Structure design and component tests 2
Class 7 Preliminary Design Review (PDR) Conduct Preliminary Design Review (PDR)
Class 8 Detailed structure design and component tests Conduct Detailed structure design and component tests
Class 9 Critical Design Review (CDR) Conduct Critical Design Review (CDR)
Class 10 Engineering Model development and functional and environment tests 1 Conduct Engineering Model development and functional and environment tests 1
Class 11 Engineering Model development and functional and environment tests 2 Conduct Engineering Model development and functional and environment tests 2
Class 12 Flight Model development and functional and environment tests 1 Conduct Flight Model development and functional and environment tests 1
Class 13 Flight Model development and functional and environment tests 2 Conduct Flight Model development and functional and environment tests 2
Class 14 Balloon flight test Conduct Balloon flight test
Class 15 Presentation Make a presentation

Textbook(s)

Handout

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handouts and several texts introduced in the lecture

Assessment criteria and methods

CanSat design, development, tests, process and report, and so on, are evaluated in a comprehensive way.

Related courses

  • MEC.M231 : Introduction to Space Engineering
  • MEC.M331 : Space Systems Engineering
  • MEC.M333 : Advanced Space Engineering
  • MEC.I331 : Mechatronics (Mechanical Engineering)

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students are required to have completed the Introduction to Space Engineering course or have equivalent knowledge.
The number of the students in this course will be limited in order to provide mainly practical training in class. About ten students will be selected in the beginning of the course based on interviews, reports, their previous grades etc.

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