VTSS — Vibration Testing of Small Satellites

Instar Engineering Short Course

Upcoming 1.5 day course immediately following the SmallSat Conference in Logan, UT! Register HERE.

Course Overview

This new 12-hour course provides a tutorial, practical guidance, examples, and recommendations for testing a small satellite on an electrodynamic shaker. Addressed are sine-burst testing, random vibration testing, and low-level diagnostic sine sweeps. Notching, response limiting, and force limiting are addressed in detail, with examples. The course is primarily aimed at satellites in the 50 – 500 lb (23 – 230 kg) range, but it also applies to CubeSats. Most of the guidance applies to larger satellites as well if they will be tested on a shaker. The objectives of this course are to improve your understanding of how to:

  • establish an effective vibration test program
  • identify and clearly state test objectives
  • design (or recognize) a test that satisfies the objectives while minimizing risk of an over test
  • establish pass/fail criteria and interpret test data
  • write a effective test plans and test reports

Target Audience

All engineers and managers involved in ensuring small spacecraft can withstand launch environments.

Course Developer and Instructor

Tom Sarafin

Course Length

12 hours