Checking date: 08/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Space systems design
Study: Master in Aeronautical Engineering (296)

Coordinating teacher: CICHOCKI , FILIPPO

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
- BSc Aerospace Engineering courses related to: Classical mechanics, orbital dynamics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, heat transfer, electric power, structural calculus, rocket motors, control theory, computer programming
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
At the end of the course, the student shall be capable of understanding and mastering: - The design and analysis of space systems and space missions - The unique aspects of the space environment and the requirements it imposes on a Space System / Space Mission - The types of Space system, Space Mission phases and procedures, and the design drivers behind each of them - The different segments that compose a space system - The different subsystems of the space segment in a space mission, their operation and sizing - The space propulsion systems, launchers, and their operation - Ground segment requirements and operation - The certification requirements for space vehicles, and judge their acceptance levels
Description of contents: programme
- Introduction to Space Systems and Missions, the different segments (space, ground and launch) and subsystems. - The space environment. - Space Systems Engineering. - Mission analysis: orbital maneuvers, groundtracks, mission examples in LEO, MEO, GEO and interplanetary missions - The space segment subsystems: o Space propulsion o Attitude and Orbit Control (AOCS) o Translational GNC o Communications and data handling (onboard computer) o Telemetry, tracking and telecommand o Electric power o Structures and mechanisms. S/C configuration o Thermal control - Launchers and access to space - Manufacturing, assembly; certification, testing and QA - Ground segment and operations - End of life considerations; space debris, space law
Learning activities and methodology
The course has 29 classroom sessions (100 minutes) divided as follows: - Theory sessions on the different course topics (21 sessions) - Lab/Computer room sessions with practical exercises/design examples on the different subsystems (6 sessions) - Continuous evaluation sessions, with quiz/homework (2 sessions) The course has an estimated student workload of 150 h (6 ECTS), including personal work. Communication with the students will be done through aulaglobal: Students can ask for tutorial sessions with the faculty on the hours advertised there.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • P. Fortescue. Spacecraft systems engineering. Wiley. 2011
Additional Bibliography
  • D.A. Vallado. Fundamentals of Astrodynamics and Applications. Microcosm Press. 2013
  • G.P. Sutton. Rocket Propulsion Elements. Wiley. 2010
  • M.D Griffin. Space Vehicle Design. AIAA Education Series. 2004
  • P. Fortescue. Spacecraft systems engineering. Wiley. 2011
  • V.L. Pisacane. The Space Environment and Its Effects on Space Systems. AIAA Education Series. 2008
  • V.L. Pisacane. Fundamentals of Space Systems. Oxford University Press. 2005
  • Wertz/Everett/Puschell. Space Mission Engineering, The New SMAD. Microcosm Press. 2011

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.

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