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New NMSU course offers satellite basics

College and continuing students interested in learning the basics of flying a satellite can take a course titled Satellite Engineering this fall at New Mexico State University. The electrical engineering special topics course also will feature guest speakers and field trips related to the space industry.

Designed as an introduction to the fundamentals of communication spacecraft, class topics will include current launch vehicles, putting spacecraft into orbit, orbit determination, spacecraft design and spacecraft subsystems such as payload, thermal, power, attitude control, reaction control, telemetry and command.

The course will be taught by Chiang Foo, a spacecraft engineering manager for GTE Government Systems at the NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite Control Center in Las Cruces. He has more than 20 years of experience in spacecraft subsystems, station keeping and launch operations, as well as 12 years of teaching experience. Foo is an adjunct instructor at Dona Ana Branch Community College.

The course will be from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room 303 of Thomas and Brown Hall beginning Aug. 26. It is sponsored by GTE Space Programs in collaboration with NMSU's College of Engineering.

"There are plenty of seats still available," said GTE's Kristan Fernandez. "We encourage all college and continuing students interested in the space industry to sign up."

For more information about the course, see http://www.zianet.com/gte.ee490 or contact Fernandez at kristan.fernandez@gsc.gte.com or (505) 646-8204.