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AE 427: Preliminary Spacecraft Design: Standards & Patents

Meeting mission objectives, spacecraft design; Specs, calculations, CAD drawings, weight, sub-system, budgets, etc.

Engineering Standards

Technical standards & specifications establish uniform criteria for engineering methods, practices, product specifications, and performance. 

Patents

3 types of U.S. patents: 

1.) Utility patents granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter. 

2.) Design patents granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture

3.) Plant patents granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant (SOURCE: USPTO website)