EyasSAT is a revolutionary concept in space systems engineering education. Up until now, space systems engineering has been typically conducted behind the cloak of clean rooms protecting intellectual property by a select few individuals with millions of dollars at stake. To the contrary, EyasSAT has ushered in an opportunity for large numbers of students with varied backgrounds to build, test, and "fly" a satellite in the classroom, at virtually no financial risk. Student teams working in the context of an introductory, engineering, or professional short course are guided through virtually the entire satellite acquisition process. By the end of the course, students have worked through all the significant issues associated with each spacecraft subsystem and have a better understanding how they work in concert as a complete spacecraft system. A background on the EyasSAT development and system description is presented first. The focus of the paper is to report on the integration of EyasSAT into the University of Surrey's key space systems engineering courses: Space Mission Design for second year students and Spacecraft Bus Subsystems for third year students. The use of EyasSAT in other courses and to support student projects will also be discussed, including the first-ever student-built experiment module.

AIAA 57th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2006
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Barnhart, D.J. (David J.), Vladimirova, T. (Tanya), Ellery, A, Lappas, V.J. (Vaios J.), Underwood, C.I. (Craig I.), & Sweeting, M.N. (Martin N.). (2006). Utilising the EyasSAT concept in space systems engineering courses at the University of Surrey. In AIAA 57th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2006 (pp. 9070–9083).