Event Date/Time: Aug 17, 2003
Early Registration Date: Jul 17, 2003
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This course is designed to illustrate the multidisciplinary issues that must be considered in the systems engineering of a spacecraft electrical power system. Tailored for those new to the field, as well as experienced workers in related technologies, the course provides an overview of spacecraft power system design principles and processes, as well as component design approaches and technology alternatives. It includes information on solar array, energy storage, and power conditioning components in use today, and new technologies that are under development. While the primary focus of the course is on photovoltaic/battery power systems, other alternatives such as nuclear and radioisotope systems, solar thermal power systems, flywheels, and fuel cells will also be described. Processes for system engineering of the power system include the driving requirements that define the system and how to use these to develop the power system architecture.