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System Design and Analysis

System Bus Architectural Design:

  • Feasibility analyses
  • Computing resources to include hardware and OS selection
  • Power system to include power generation, storage and conversion
  • System supervisory and modes / states
  • Plug-n-play
  • Internal communications
  • Data acquisition
  • Actuator control
  • Attitude control specification

Communication System Design:

  • Ground Segment Architecture
    • Communications system budgets: link margins, data throughput, Doppler and performance margins
    • Ground station hardware and networking
    • Mission command and control
    • RF band selection, modulation and encoding
  • Space Segment: Antennas, Radio and Encryption
    • Hardware selection and qualification program
    • DoD, NASA and commercial systems
    • Type 1 and commercial encryption requirements


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