Principles of Space Systems Design
Team Problem 1
1) I have formed teams of people to do this assignment. The
link to the teams list is here, and
it is also in the Notes section of the course syllabus.
2) Select a human-carrying spacecraft or launch vehicle. This
may either be a system which was built (e.g., Mercury, Gemini,
Soyuz) or a speculative system (past or future) based on sound
engineering designs (i.e., not science fiction!) For inspiration,
you might wish to look through Mark Wade's Encyclopedia Astronautica
3) Prepare visuals for an overview presentation on the selected
system. This should include interior and exterior diagrams, sketches
of mission operations, and presentation of engineering details
such as mass, power, payload, etc. All graphics must
be done by your team! (i.e., no scanning, no cut-and-paste).
Graphics must include examples of sketches, line drawings, and
views of a solid model. Access to a variety of solids modeling
programs (such as ProEngineer and IDEAS) is available in WAM labs.
4) Output should be a PowerPoint presentation, submitted in
electronic form by the deadline on the course syllabus (Thursday,
September 26). The presentation should be a logical, well-thought-out
technical review of the chosen system, and should adhere to the
guidelines presented in the "Engineering Graphics" class.
The presentation must include a list of references used in the
preparation of the presentation. There should be a list of at
least 10 separate reference documents, and no more than half
may be from the Internet. The intent behind this requirement
is to force you to go to the library and do some "classic"
research. That means the "non-internet" reference documents
should not be things like NASA reports that are available in their
entirety over the internet, but items that you physically find
and handle in a library.
5) Your submission will be scored on a 0-5 scale in each of
the following categories:
- Quality of sketches
- Quality of line drawings
- Quality of solid models
- Effectiveness of graphics
- Clarity of vehicle configuration
- Clarity of mission operations
- Depth of engineering details
- Quality and thoroughness of research
- Overall effectiveness of presentation (weighted double)
These scores will then be added and normalized to generate
the overall grade for the team.