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Author Straub, Jeremy,
Title Small spacecraft development project-based learning : implementation and assessment of an academic program / Jeremy Straub, Ronald Arthur Marsh, David J. Whalen.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2017]

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Author Straub, Jeremy,
Subject Microspacecraft.
Project method in teaching.
Alt Name Marsh, Ronald Arthur,
Whalen, David J.,
Description 1 online resource
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface; Contents; Chapter 1: Introduction; 1.1 Overview of Small Spacecraft; 1.1.1 Access to Small Spacecraft; 1.1.2 The Status Quo; 1.1.3 Enter Nanosatellites; 1.1.4 Going Mainstream; 1.1.5 Academic Proliferation; 1.1.6 Start of Industry Proliferation; 1.1.7 Comparison of Satellites and Early Computers; 1.1.8 The Almost Personal Satellite; 1.1.9 Comparison of Capabilities; 1.1.10 Towards the Future; 1.2 Types of Small Spacecraft; 1.3 Benefits of Small Spacecraft; 1.3.1 STEM Education and Small Satellites; 1.3.2 Changing Small Satellite Environment; 1.3.3 Space Research.
1.4 Uses of Small Spacecraft1.4.1 Technologies and Missions; Super-Resolution and Mosaicking; Task Sharing Between Craft; Example Remote Sensing Mission; 1.4.2 Communications Mission; 1.5 Conclusion; References; Chapter 2: Why Start a Small Spacecraft Program; 2.1 Overview; 2.2 Research Benefits; 2.3 Educational Benefits; 2.3.1 Experiential Learning and Problem-Based Learning; 2.3.2 Benefits of Interdisciplinary Projects; 2.4 Societal Benefits; 2.4.1 Remote Sensing Benefits, Data Products, and Their Uses; 2.4.2 Technologies and Mission.
2.4.3 Collaborative Mission for Developing Countries2.4.4 Qualitative Analysis; Quality and Utility of Data; Application Suitability; Mission Approach Considerations; 2.5 Considerations Based on National Space Competency; 2.6 Conclusion; References; Chapter 3: To Build, Buy, or in Between?; 3.1 Why Launch a NanoSat?; 3.1.1 Low-Cost Test Platform; 3.1.2 Capability to Mature Technical Readiness of Experimental Space Technologies; 3.1.3 Ecosystem of Innovation; 3.2 Overview of Different Approaches to Spacecraft Development; 3.3 Kit-Based Approach; 3.4 Bespoke Approach.
3.5 Framework-Based Approach3.6 Qualitative Evaluation of the Value of the Approaches; 3.6.1 Cost Levels; Labor Costs; Design Labor; Integration Labor; Testing and Validation Labor; Operations Labor; Management Labor; Summary; Hardware Costs; Parts Costs; Waste and Damage Costs; Testing Materials and Supplies Costs; Lab Equipment Costs; Summary; 3.6.2 Consideration of Recurring Amortized Vendor Development Costs; 3.6.3 Ease of Modification and Extensions of Design; 3.6.4 Allowing Focus on Area of Interest; 3.6.5 Benefits Related to Export Control (EAR/ITAR).
3.7 Mix and Match3.8 Conclusions; References; Chapter 4: Starting a Small Spacecraft Program: Types of Programs and Their Benefits and Drawbacks; 4.1 Background; 4.1.1 Project-Based Learning and Experiential Education; 4.1.2 Small Spacecraft Development; 4.2 Internal Research Program; 4.2.1 Benefits; 4.2.2 Drawbacks; 4.3 External Partner Research Program; 4.3.1 Benefits; 4.3.2 Drawbacks; 4.4 Education-Only Program; 4.4.1 Benefits; 4.4.2 Drawbacks; 4.5 Hybrid Research Education Program; 4.6 Academic Institution Decision-Making Process; 4.7 Summary; References.
Summary This book provides the information that is required to start a small spacecraft program for educational purposes. This will include a discussion of multiple approaches to program formation and build / buy / hybrid decision considerations. The book also discusses how a CubeSat (or other small spacecraft program) can be integrated into course and/or program curriculum and the ancillary benefits that such a program can provide. The assessment of small spacecraft programs and participatory project-based learning programs is also discussed extensively. The book presents prior work related to program assessment (both for a single program and internationally) and discusses how similar techniques can be utilized for both formative and summative assessment of a new program. The utility of these metrics (and past assessment of other programs) in gaining buy-in for program formation and funding is also considered.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed March 07, 2017).
ISBN 9783319236452 (electronic bk.)
3319236458 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-319-23645-2
OCLC # 972092259
Additional Format Printed edition: 9783319236445