Satellite Design - A Course in Pico/Nano/MicroSats (PNMSats)

Satellite Design
A Course in Pico/Nano/MicroSats (PNMSats)
"Only Limited Seats "

" Unique 4-weeks Program Starting from June 8th -2015"

Registrations extended till June 5th 2015
Accommodation provided for outsidestudents

Organized by
Crucible of Research and Innovation, PES University Bangalore

Media Partner
Indian Space Station




Indian Space Station is happy to announce the 6-week training program  on "Satellite Design - A course in Pico/Nano/Microsats" in collaboration with CORI, PES University, Bangalore.  This is an unique short term course offered first time in India consisting of in-depth theory followed by some practical exposure to various concepts. The course will be taught by Dr.  Sharan Asundi, Assistant Professor, Aerospace     Science Engineering, Tuskegee University, USA.




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  • Understand the application of systems engineering approach to the design & development of Pico/Nano/Micro-Satellites (PNMSats).
  • Review principles of Orbital Mechanics relevant to the design of PNMSats.
  • Understand the purpose of various subsystems of a PNMSats.
  • Design, Simulate & Analyze PNMSat subsystems, including math and engineering, using one or more of the following tools:
    • MATLAB and/or Octave
    • CAD Tools
    • PCB Design Tools
    • Satellite/System Tool Kit and/or GMAT
  • Understand the development, integration and testing of PNMSats.

Recommended references

  • Space Mission Analysis and Design, Third Edition (Space Technology Library), James R. Wertz and Wiley J. Larson (editors)
  • Satellite Basics For Everyone: An Illustrated Guide to Satellites for Non-Technical and Technical People Paperback – June 5, 2012 by C. Robert Welti (Author) ISBN-13: 978-1475925937
  • Spacecraft Systems Engineering Hardcover – September 19, 2011 by Peter Fortescue (Editor), Graham Swinerd (Editor), John Stark (Editor) ISBN-13: 978-0470750124

Lecture hour:    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - TBD (Time)

Lab hours:    Friday - TBD (Time)

Office hours:     Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (Open door policy) - TBD (Time)

Course Content - The course & design activity will be conducted for 4 weeks as per the following schedule:
( Click here to download the course content and here for the route map)

Week 1: Review & Introduction to PNMSats and their Subsystems

  • Review of Orbital Mechanics (relevant to PNMSats)
  • Brainstorming a Novel Payload for a PNMSat Mission
  • Overview & Example of PNMSat Subsystems Design
  • Electrical power system
  • Command and data handling system
  • Telemetry, tracking and command
  • Attitude determination & control system
  • Structural & Thermal System
  • Propulsion system
  • Ground operations
  • PNMSat System Design Process
    • Requirements mapping
    • Procedural formulation
  • Apply System Design Process (Friday laboratory exercise)

Week 2 & 3: Preliminary/Detail Design of PNMSat Subsystems

  • Electrical power system (Excel, Microsoft Visio, PCB Design Tool)
    • Power Budget
    • Electrical circuit diagram
    • PCB (or Visio schematic) Design of the EPS
    • Electrical Power System Components
  • Command and data handling system (Microsoft Visio, PCB Design Tool)
    • PCB (or Visio schematic) Design of the Onboard computer
    • Visio Flowcharts
  • Telemetry, tracking and command (Microsoft Excel)
    • Schematic of Onboard Radio
    • Antenna design
    • Antenna stowing and deployment design
  • Attitude determination & control system (MATLAB/Octave, Simulink, STK)
    • Schematic of ADCS
    • MATLAB implementation of ADCS
  • Structural & Thermal System (CAD Tools)
    • CAD Design of the PNMSat Assembly
  • Propulsion system (MATLAB/Octave Simulink)
  • Ground operations (Microsoft Excel)
    • Link Budget
  • Compile System Design as Design Documents (Friday laboratory exercise)

 Week 4: Design Level Integration, Simulation, Analysis & Presentation

  • Electrical power system
    • Simulate eclipse and Sun time for power cycling
    • Analyze power generation & distribution for various subsystems
  • Attitude determination & control system
    • Analyze attitude determination and control for mission (MATLAB)
  • Structural & Thermal Design
    • CAD model structural analysis if feasible
  • Propulsion System
    • Orbit maneuvering if relevant
  • Document each design as a subsystem design
  • Based on the availability of a 3D printer, rapid prototype the designed PNMSat
  • Showcase the design activity as either a poster or a presentation

 Class policy:

  • Turn cell phones off BEFORE coming into class.  Emergencies/expected phone calls are understandable.
  • No food!!  Sodas/water bottles are allowed, but do not come to class with a full meal and expect to eat during class.

 Date and Venue:

  • Venue: PES University, 100ft road, Banshankari 2nd stage, Bangalore
  • Date: 4 weeks starting from 8th June, 2015

Fees and Duration:

  • Course duration is 4 weeks starting from 8th June- 2015
  • Course fee is Rs. 10,000/-
  • Food will be provided
  • Candidates should arrange for their own accommodation.


PES University has even arranged the accommodation facilities for the participants outside Bangalore at Directorate of Secondary Education and Research Training, popularly known as DSERT is the academic wing of the Department of Public Instruction. It aims at providing academic leadership in school education as well as improving the quality of education provided in primary and secondary schools in the state.

No:4, 100ft Ringroad, BSK 3rd Stage, Bangalore, Karnataka -560 085, Outer Ring Road, Hosakerehalli Layout, Banashankari, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560085.

       * Separate Rooms for Girls and Boys.
       * Each room with 3 beds, 3 persons can share.
       * 150Rs/day for each person.
** Accommodation charges are exclusive of course fees.

Registration Details:

  • Please click here to register
  • Last date for registration is 22nd May 2015.
  • Nmber of seats are limited due
  • Payment can be done either through DD or net banking

 Contact Us:
Please write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    for any questions/clarifications. The interested people could also call Ms. Shwetha  on +91-97424-85353  for any clarifications.


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