Topic outline

  • The course starts in the end of February 2019. 


    The course gives basic knowledge about spacecraft design principles, focusing primarily on systems engineering of small satellites. The systems engineer has to be able to take into consideration all aspects of a space instrument design process, such as space environment, technical challenges and even political environment. The course gives basic tools for systems engineering and gives overview of spacecraft structure, testing, payload, thermal design, launch, rocket technology and space project management. Moreover, every student designs a his/her own small satellite mission during the course. 


    The course is based loosely on book:

    • Peter Fortescue, John Stark, Graham Swiner: Spacecraft Systems Engineering, 3rd Edition, Wiley 2003 (or newer).
    • You can access the digital copy here.

    Responsible teacher

    Jaan Praks
    Assistant Professor 

    Last year course homepage.