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AE 485 ONL - Spacecraft Environments

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


The course focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of spacecraft aerodynamics and environment. It covers topics related to free molecular flows. Materials interactions and onboard sensor optical backgrounds caused by spacecraft neutral interactions, chemical reactions of materials with ambient atomic O, spacecraft glow, ion and chemical thrusters are studied. The plasma space environment, its connection to our sun, and the presence of the van Allen Belts and their affect on spacecraft charging for LEO and GEO conditions are discussed. Spacecraft shielding requirements due to plasma interactions and the space radiation environment are examined. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: AE 311, AE 312, ME 200.

Special Instructions:

Restricted to online non-degree, online MCS, online MSME, online MSCEE, and online MSAE students. For more details on this course section, please see http://engineering.illinois.edu/online/courses/. Non-Degree students may enroll on a space-available basis with consent of Program Coordinator, Staci Tankersley (tank@illinois.edu).

Academic Program Restrictions:

MCS:Computer Sci Online -UIUC

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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