This is all of our articles in no particular order. As we build out our library, we'll organize things into topics and subjects.
An entry-level overview on what makes up a satellite. We’ll talk about everything at a high level and include links for things you want to dig deeper on.
Spacecraft control systems are the mechanisms and algorithms you use to move and rotate your spacecraft. For example, reaction wheels, thrusters, and control moment gyroscopes.
A survey of commercial reaction wheels
Awesome torque for a little bit of power. You just have to accept more complexity...
A set of plots indicative of the performance you can get from these systems.
A few plots showing you "off the shelf" performance between these two approaches. The differences are clear!
An introduction to power in space. It's so simple! (Not really)
A high level overview of what's involved in talking with spacecraft
Rockets are loud and chaotic places to be during launch. Somebody has to make sure the spacecraft doesn't get shaken to pieces.
It's easy to get too hot AND too cold in space on the same mission. Thermal engineers try to keep everything nice and comfortable.
Wrangle the chaos, manage the process, and work the system
If you don't know what success looks like, how will you know you're done?
Spacecraft are autonomous robots in space that have to deal with extreme temperatures and radiation. This is no easy task!
NASA and others have documented their expectations for quality using their lessons learned.
Space can be a dangerous place to spend time in. This overview covers some of the challenges the environment your spacecraft must be design to survive in.
Core Flight Software for spacecraft and satellites is a flight software architecture built by NASA to help you accelerate your development
Spacecraft and satellite operating systems can help you create more complex algorithms, schedule events, get your timing right, provide file systems, and more.
How much money can you make in the space industry? What are employers looking for in 2022? Do you need a college degree?
There are so many things you can do in the space industry. Let's talk about fifty options you might like.
Reaction wheels are simple wheels that spin faster and slower to help you point where you want to.
Learn about the different types of radiation and how they affect spacecraft systems.
Spacecraft need to speed up, slow down, and twist. A good propulsion system does this efficiently. But what type of propulsion systems are there?
How can foreign and international people work in the United States space industry? It's not easy but it can be done.
Learn about primary and secondary batteries on spacecraft and satellites