One of the first steps in spacecraft mission design is the selection of orbit and attitude scenarios that enable the science. This selection process works best when scientists and engineers begin the dialog early to understand the geometry, the science measurements, and the platform orbit and attitude accuracy. Flight Dynamics analysis helps clarify accuracies available with particular sensor complements.
This affects costs both through the hardware and through the need for initial and ongoing ground support. In the first part, this talk presents an overview of general considerations needed for orbit and attitude analysis. The second part gives an introduction to Cloud CubeSat, a very small, but very exciting student spacecraft (picosat) for side-imaging of clouds.
Location: Physics Bldg., Room 401