Micro (MEMS) and Nanotechnologies for Defense and Security
10 April 2007 | Orlando, Florida, United States
SC785: Aerospace Miniaturization Using Multifunctional MEMS
Spacecraft and robotic vehicle miniaturization is a topic of increasing interest among aerospace engineers from academia, industry and government. Miniature spacecraft promise truly cost-effective and rapid access to space. However, traditional paradigms used for the design and construction of conventional, large spacecraft are no longer applicable under the severe constraints of mass, size and power faced by miniature spacecraft. In order to exploit the full potential of miniature spacecraft, a radically new Multifunctional Micro Systems (MMS) approach is required. This course provides attendees with an advanced working knowledge of MMS architecture for both miniature spacecraft and robotic vehicles. Rather than the conventional approach of integrating dedicated subsystems, the MMS approach takes a "top down" approach of optimizing the overall miniature spacecraft architecture as an integrated set of functions. The course concentrates on system configurations and performance optimization and analysis of both software and hardware aspects. Advanced Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)-based functional blocks are incorporated into the MMS design. Attendees will become familiar with the process for designing modular and scalable MEMS systems for MMS applications. Many practical and useful examples of MMS architectures will be provided.