Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


  • 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.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 28.02.2022 - 01.06.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jaan Praks, Esa Kallio

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    • 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 for whole curriculum period:

    Laboratory work, workshop, homework exercises and examination.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

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


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring IV-V

    2021-2022 Spring IV-V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.