Checking date: 19/05/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Space Electronics
Study: Master in Space Engineering (360)


Department assigned to the subject: Electronic Technology Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


- Knowledge of the types of electronic functions, subsystems and components found on spacecraft - Knowledge of the space environment and how it affects electronics - Knowledge of the requirements of electronics used in spacecraft - Understanding of how electronic components are developed, manufactured, qualified and selected for space applications. - Knowledge of related standards (ECSS)
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction - Types of electronic functions in a S/C + Power electronics + Sensors and actuators. Drive electronics + Data processing units: OBCs, ICUs, etc. + Payload electronics - Types of electronic circuits + Components off-the-shelf (COTS) + Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) + Programmable Circuits (FPGAs) 2. Electronic technology and manufacturing - Electronic technologies. CMOS technology - Integrated Circuit (IC) manufacturing process - Packaging - Assembling - Test 3. Environmental effects on electronics - Thermal environment - Mechanical environment - Radiation environment - Radiation effects + Dose effects: Total Ionising Dose (TID) + Displacement Damage (DD) + Single-Event Effects (SEEs): SEL, SEU, SEFI, etc. 4. Circuit development for space applications - Abstraction levels - Design flow & methodology + Synthesis + Physical design + Simulation and Verification + Design tools - Design for testability - PCB design - Part selection, screening, qualification and derating 5. Radiation Hardening - Radiation hardened technologies - Radiation Hardening by Design (RHBD). Mitigation of SEEs - Radiation Hardness Assurance (RHA) 6. Advanced topics and emerging trends - Jovian and Martian environments - COTS for space - FPGAs for space
Learning activities and methodology
LEARNING ACTIVITIES - Lectures - Theoretical and practical sessions - Tutorials - Team work - Individual work TEACHING METHODOLOGIES - Teacher explanations supported with audiovisual media and information technology, in which the main concepts of the subject are developed and the reference literature is provided to supplement student learning. - Demonstration of practical cases, problems, etc.. The cases are posed by the teacher and solved individually or in group. - Presentation and discussion of related topics and practical cases - Works and reports to be developed individually or by small teams.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • John D. Cressler, H. Alan Mantooth, Eds.. Extreme Environment Electronics. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. 2013
  • Wiley J. Larson &. James R. Wertz. Space Mission Analysis and Design. Third Edition. Kluwer Academic Pub.. 1999
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
  • · European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS) :
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The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.