Ae105 Overview

               AAReST telescope testbed used by Ae105 students for testing end-to-end telescope performance.

               AAReST telescope testbed used by Ae105 students for testing end-to-end telescope performance.

Aerospace Engineering (Ae) 105 is a core component of the Masters Degree Program in Space Engineering. The course is sectioned into two components. The first is focused on the fundamental components of spacecraft engineering: mission design, structural dynamics, orbital mechanics and guidance navigation & control (GNC). The course is instructed by JPL engineers who offer insight into real-world problems. For the second half of the course, students collaborate with each other, along with GALCIT researchers on the AAReST mission. Several design areas are stressed with this project: optics/telescope design and testing, composite boom testing, telescope software architecture, and electronics design. Students make significant contributions to these design areas, ultimately furthering the status of the mission as a whole.

Ae105 students testing boom accuracy with a FARO arm after vibration testing.

Ae105 students testing boom accuracy with a FARO arm after vibration testing.

Current Tasks:

  •   Fabrication of deformable mirrors
  •   Flight qualification of deployable boom (dynamic deployment experiments, vibration testing)
  •   Flight qualification of camera and mirror boxes (thermal and vibration testing)
  •   Development of flight software
  •   Development of spacecraft electronics
  •   End-to-end testing of telescope

Previous Tasks:

  •  Overall mission design (mass/power budget, orbit selection, mission requirements
  •  Telescope architecture
  •  Telescope optics design (Zemax simulations)
  •  Preliminary thermal analysis
  •  Deployable boom design
  •  Mechanical design of camera and mirror box flight hardware
  •  Reconfiguration maneuvers (STK simulation)
  •  Design of electromagnetic docking mechanism
  •  Autonomous reconfiguration algorithms (2D air-table experiments)

Ae105 Instructors:

  • Greg Davis
  • Tony Freeman
  • Daniel Scharf.