Credits: 5

Schedule: 25.02.2019 - 29.05.2019

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

IV-V 2018 - 2019 (spring)
IV-V 2019 - 2020 (spring)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  • After the course the student can comfortably work in an entry level space project. 
  • He/she knows basic terminology, can assess the suitability of a subsystem for a given mission and estimate key parameters of a mission.
  • He/she can use systems engineering tools such as power budget and link budget. 
  • The student is also aware of quality assurance in space projects and is able to design basic tests for subsystems.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  • Space environment. Technical challenges in space. Electronics in space.
  • Mission design. Requirement formulation.
  • Spacecraft subsystems; communication, power, data handling, attitude, propulsion, structure, payloads.
  • Systems engineering practices. Spacecraft budgets, including mass, power, link and data budgets.
  • Propulsion and launch. Orbit control and orbital maneuvers. Spacecraft stabilization and attitude.
  • Quality assurance in space projects.Testing and qualification. Model philosophy. 
  • Space project documentation and management practices. 
  • CubeSat. Lean space technology. Trends and developments.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Laboratory work, workshop, homework exercises and examination.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching 44 h (2 h lectures and 2 h workshop per week, 11 weeks). Independent work: laboratory work 30 h, exercises 50 h, preparation to lectures 11 h.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Peter Fortescue, John Stark, Graham Swiner: Spacecraft Systems Engineering 


Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

S-92.3114 Spaceflight Instrumentation

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Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

language class 3: English


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