ESP Biography

ANDREW RADER, MIT Biomedical Aerospace PhD student.

Major: Aero/Astro Engineering

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Andrew Rader is a Biomedical Aerospace PhD student in the Man Vehicle Lab at MIT. His main interests include space exploration, human factors in spaceflight, and history (particularly Russian).

Past Classes

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E6828: Introduction to Space Systems in HSSP Spring 2013 (Mar. 02, 2013)
This class will examine past, present, and future unmanned and manned space systems. We will look at how the space environment impacts design, and examine in detail how subsystems combine to deliver functionality at the spacecraft level. Case studies will be used to illustrate examples of mission architectures, and the course will also include a group design project.

X2382: Development of the Solar System in HSSP Summer 2009 (Jul. 12, 2009)
Humanity stands on the cusp Type II civilization! Students will form teams to compete to develop our solar system from 2030-2150 in a constantly evolving system (significantly updated from previous years). Each team will play an Earth faction (US/Russia/China/EU/Japan/Asia/South America), and manages their policies, technology, economy, military, bases, and spacecraft. See for more information.

S1401: Spacecraft design and simulation in HSSP Summer 2008 (Jun. 29, 2008)
In the first class, I will introduce the solar system and spacecraft design concepts. After that, students will break into groups and plan space missions in a "make-your-own space program" simulation.

S1166: The solar system and beyond->Spacecraft design and simulation in Spark! Spring 2008 (Mar. 08, 2008)
This course will present our current knowledge of space with emphasis on our solar system. Particular attention will be paid to the prospect of manned exploration. This class is the first session of Simplified spacecraft design and simulation, which will run during HSSP.

L1194: Russian history: Rus to Romanovs in Spark! Spring 2008 (Mar. 08, 2008)
This class will discuss the major events and people in Russia from the beginnings to the end of the Romanov dynasty.

S1384: Simplified spacecraft design and simulation in HSSP Spring 2008 (Mar. 15, 2008)
The first class, held during Spark, will be The Solar System and Beyond. After that, I will introduce spacecraft design concepts for robotic and human exploration missions. Following, students will form groups to compete in a simulation based on real rocket science where you will design ships and send them on exploration, colonization, or combat missions. You will compete to be the first faction to terraform a world, build an interstellar colonization ship, or achieve space dominance. This class will be very in depth and challenging, but will not require math skills beyond multiplication and division.

Exploration of the Solar System in SPLASH (2008)
This course will present past, current, and future robotic and manned exploration of our Solar System. Basic rocketry and orbital ...

Russia in the world: past, present, and future in SPLASH (2008)
This class will present Russia as a force in the world today, focusing on its history from the Kievan Rus ...