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  1. Introduction of software and its capabilities, software installation on OS and its implementation
  2. How to create a scenario and set its parameters (time definition, animation, etc.)
  3. Familiarity with the menus of the software and its applications
  4. Introduction of objects within a scenario and how to add them to the scenario
  5. Define extensions required for different objects in scenarios
  6. Set the attitude of the satellite and its type of stability
  7. Preparation of TLE report and analysis of satellite lifetime
  8. Introduction of the 3D and two-dimensional environment of the software and its settings
  9. Analysis of orbits (LEO, MEO, HEO, GEO)
  10. Provide diverse reports of the scenario, such as satellite position and attitude
  11. Estimate the power generated by solar panels
  12. Use the satellite model in the scenario
  13. Analyze the effects of climate and space environment on the scenario
  14. GIS settings and how to put Ups and downs on the lands


  1. Estimate the distance and definition of the coordinate system, reference plane and vector types in the scenario
  2. Reviewing the objects access to each other and coverage levels
  3. Definition of the elements of coverage, quality.
  4. Application of Astrogator in the design and analysis of space missions
  5. Designing transfer maneuvers, interpolation, orbit correction, interplanetary trajectories and their analysis
  6. Defining the chain, the constellation and its application, such as GPS, Iridium and …
  7. Define the Communication object and how to use it
  8. Application of AdvCAT in space missions
  9. How to connect STK to other software like MATLAB
  10. Application of HTML in scenario presentation


  1. Introduction
  2. History of Space Industry
  3. Segmentation of space vehicles
  4. Space system and its structure
  5. Space environment
  6. Remote sensing satellites
  7. Navigation satellites
  8. Telecommunication satellite
  9. Space Launchers
  10. Ground stations


  1. A review history of the formation of space activities and related theories
  2. Division of space systems and acquaintance with space segments
  3. The functional environment of space systems and its effects on systems
  4. System engineering principles in space systems
  5. Extract functional and technical specifications of space systems based on statistical models
  6. Telecommunications and information exchange on space systems
  7. Selected topics in the dynamics of space orbits
  8. Attitude control and stability subsystem in space systems
  9. Thermal control subsystem in space systems
  10. Power subsystem for space systems
  11. Structures and configuration of space systems


  1. Introduction
  2. Introduction of ground stations of space systems and their components
  3. Ground station of remote sensing system
  4. Guidance ground system
  5. Ground system of Image data acquisition and processing
  6. Ground control center
  7. Methodology for satellite control and guidance during flight
  8. External shadow of the ground control center
  9. Algorithm for establishing a satellite flight control center
  10. Introducing the virtual simulator of the ground control station
  11. Practical work


  1. Basic definitions and technical terminology
  2. Coordinate systems in space
  3. Rigid body dynamics
  4. Disturbance moments in space
  5. Types of attitude control methods
  6. Actuators
  7. Sensors
  8. Attitude control and stability
  9. Design process of attitude determination and control
  10. Introducing the hardware in loop simulator of the flight dynamics loop and attitude control of space systems
  11. Hardware in the loop (HIL)

Course Description:

This four-day tailorable course examines the application of Systems Engineering tools and techniques that will provide participants with the necessary skills, industry standards, information, and tools necessary to plan and implement a credible CubeSat Development Program. Emphasis is on practice over theory using a fully-functional (hardware and software) desktop (non-flight) CubeSat as the system of interest. Using the 3U Nasir Cubesat Engineering model, the course follows the progression of a hypothetical CubeSat mission designed to deliver Airplane datas from LEO. Nasir Cubesat serves as an end-to-end systems engineering and project management training platform to examine issues that develop during each phase of a project lifecycle. The course is organized along the lines of a real space mission, starting with Pre-Phase A concept development and then progressing from Phase A to D, introducing systems engineering artifacts that would be developed at each major milestone and providing hands-on examples using the Nasir mission. Nasir based on the 3U Cubesat platform, is designed to conform to the 3U CubeSat standard in terms of form and fit and includes all standard spacecraft bus functions (power, data handling, communication, and 3-axis attitude determination and control). Participants are provided with key lectures and resources and through a variety of in-class exercises will learn by doing.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, you’ll walk away with….

  • Define mission needs, goals, objectives and ConOps for a CubeSat mission to satisfy a Pre-Phase A requirements
  • Develop and organize detailed mission and system requirements as required by a Phase A System Requirements Review (SRR)
  • Describe the tools and techniques needed to develop the complete preliminary design for a CubeSat and conduct a Phase B preliminary design review (PDR)
  • Evaluate the typical products produced for a critical design review (CDR) at the end of Phase D including system specifications and test plans
  • Implement a typical assembly, integration and test plan for a representative CubeSat system to apply the flow down from  requirements to verification activities
  • Conduct simulated operations using a representative CubeSat system to develop and apply operational planning and procedures implementation
  • This course aims to give advanced knowledge of nano-satellites design, with particular emphasis on the design process and construction of CubeSats
  • Overall, Enter any phase of the space mission life cycle and apply principles and practices to achieve practical results

Who Should Attend:

Systems engineers, project managers, integrated product team members involved with any aspect of system engineering and analysis, especially design and development, test and evaluation of CubeSats.

Course Materials

Each participant will receive:

  • An official cerficate of course

Learning Activities

  • Collaborate in a group to synthesize the conceptual CubeSat design
  • Develop budgets, system architecture and perform subsystem and component trade-offs
  • Write a concise report
  • Present the conceptual design with the aim to get good feedback and learn from the other groups
  • Critically reflect on the conceptual design

Course Agenda

  • Intro and Conceptual Design
    • Intro to Space Systems Engineering
    • Overview of the Nasir Cubesat
    • Conceptual Space Mission Design
    • Pre-Phase A/Phase A Planning
    • Essential Design Review Products
    • Project Scope Definition
    • Introduction to Systems Engineering Tools and Techniques
  • System engineering and Trade studies
    • Requirements Engineering
    • Functional Analysis
    • Nasir Cubesat MCR/SRR/SDR
    • Orbit Design
    • Nasir cubesat orbit analysis using Systems Tool Kit (STK)*
    • Spacecraft Subsystems and Sizing
  • Preliminary and Critical Design
    • Phase B Planning
      • Essential PDR Products
      • Spacecraft Design
    • Nasir Cubesat PDR
    • Preparing for Space System Verification
    • Verification in Space Environment
    • Phase C/D Planning
      • Essential CDR Products
    • Nasir Cubesat CDR
    • Nasir Cubesat Test Plan Review*
  • Verification and Test
    • Nasir Cubesat payload and subsystem verification events
    • Nasir Cubesat Integration events
    • Nasir Cubesat Integrated verification and validation events
    • Nasir Cubesat simulated operational events
    • Course Review and Wrap-up *Guided Hands-on Exercises
  • Advanced Subsystems Design
    • Mechanical Design: Frameworks and structures, stress analysis, loads and stiffness, elastic instabilities, vibration, materials selection, structural analysis.
    • Thermal Design: Thermal sources and transport mechanisms in space, thermal balance, thermal control elements, thermal design and implementation.
    • Power Systems Design: Power generation, storage, regulation and monitoring. Harnesses and connectors, EMC, shielding and grounding, monitoring and protection.
    • Comms and Data Handling Design: Tracking, telemetry and command systems. RF link, data handling, OBCs.
    • Guidance, Navigation and ADCS Systems: Orbit determination and control. Attitude determination and control algorithms.
    • Mechanisms: Mechanisms kinematics, bearings and lubrication. Motors, drives and wheels. Materials.


Wertz, James R.; Larson W. J. (eds.). Space mission analysis and design. 3rd ed. Dordrecht [etc.]: Kluwer Academic, 1999.  ISBN 9781881883104.
Fortesque, P.; Swinerd, G.; Stark, J. Spacecraft systems engineering [on line]. 4th ed. Chichester; New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2011  ISBN 9780470750124.

CubeSat 101, Basic Concepts and Processes for First-Time CubeSat Developers
NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative, For Public Release – Revision Dated October 2017

Others resources:
Due to the characteristics of this course relevant web-based material and scientific publications are a very important source of information.


  1. Introduction and needs assessment
  2. The thermal environment of the spacecraft
  3. Heat loads in space
  4. Temperature ranges
  5. Temperature control methods (active/inactive)
  6. Temperature control subsystem and its components
  7. Temperature control subsystem design
  8. Modeling of thermal loads
  9. Thermal Analysis of the Space System
  10. Determine/change the passive thermal control elements
  11. Use of active thermal control
  12. Satellite thermal modeling software

  1. Introduction of the power supply subsystem (types, tasks, applications)
  2. Presentation of satellite power supply subsystem design method
  3. Designing a power supply subsystem of a typical satellite

  1. Telecommunication architecture
  2. Data rates
  3. Designing a link
  4. Estimation of communication payload
  5. Summing up
  6. Introduction of Nasir-1 Ground Station
  7. Practical work at the station

  1. Introduction
  2. Newton’s law of universal gravitation
  3. Two-body problem
  4. Extracting the equations of motion
  5. Types of space orbits
  6. Space parameters
  7. Extracting orbital parameters
  8. Division of orbits
  9. Orbital disturbances
  10. Special space orbits
  11. Other orbital dynamic issues
  12. Introduction of STK software
  13. Practical work with software

  1. Introduction
  2. Introduction of different types of tests
    2.1 Development tests
    2.2 Qualification tests
    2.3 Acceptance tests
    2.4 Flight tests
    2.5 Pre-Flight tests
    2.6 Orbital tests
    2.7 Post-Flight tests
  3. Levels of qualification tests
    3.1 Qualification test at equipment level
    3.2 Qualification test at subsystem level
    3.3 Qualification test at component level
    3.4 Qualification test at system level
  4. Diversity of qualification test at equipment level
    4.1 Test equipments
    4.2 The process of running tests
    4.3 Types of tests

  1. Introduction
  2. Division of the functional environment of spacecrafts
  3. Operating environment before operation
  4. The environment and its effects during the launch
  5. The environment after the operation of the spacecraft
  6. Space Environment (solar winds, space debris, cosmic radiation)
  7. The Earth’s atmosphere and its effects on the design and construction of the spacecraft
  8. Gravity of the Earth
  9. Magnetic field
  10. Solar system planets

Contact Info

Space Research Laboratory, Aerospace Engineering Faculty, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Daneshgah Blvd., Ehsan Exit, East Zeynoddin Highway, Tehran, Iran

Phone: +98 21 77334133

Fax: +98 21 73064234

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