Introduction to Aerospace Technologies

Course Description

With the fast pace of technology development, aerospace sector is becoming for accessible to small enterprises. Through several topics, the course will cover considerations of spacecraft environment, necessary systems, and specifics of some systems adapted for use on spacecraft: Space weather and Earth s magnetosphere. Space in different bands of electromagnetic spectrum. Image reduction and analysis in astronomy. Orbital mechanics. Spacecraft (launch and guidance). Space navigation. Communication systems and their space application. Solar panels and energy supply for spacecraft. Robotic systems in space.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the blackbody spectrum and Earth's atmosphere transparency in different frequency bands.
  2. Describe phenomena related to the interaction of Solar activity and Earth's magnetic field.
  3. Explain the basics of communication systems used for satellite-ground communication in both directions (understand the power amplifier, antennas, low-noise amplifiers, link budget).
  4. Describe the basics of data reduction in astronomy.
  5. Describe the methods of collecting and storing the solar energy on satellites.
  6. Describe the methods of collecting and storing the solar energy on satellites.
  7. Apply the energy conservation to launch and guidance of spacecraft.
  8. Explain the physical basis of simple orbital maneuvers.

Forms of Teaching

Lectures

Consultations

Seminars

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Seminar/Project 0 % 30 % 0 % 30 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 35 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 0 % 35 %
Exam: Written 0 % 70 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Space in different bands of electromagnetic spectrum.
  2. Space weather and Earth's magnetosphere.
  3. Orbital mechanics.
  4. Orbital mechanics.
  5. Spacecraft -- dynamics and guidance.
  6. Robotic systems in space.
  7. Solar panels and energy supply for spacecraft.
  8. Midterm exam.
  9. Communication systems and their space application.
  10. Communication systems and their space application.
  11. Space navigation.
  12. Space navigation.
  13. Image reduction and analysis in astronomy.
  14. Image reduction and analysis in astronomy.
  15. Final exam.

Study Programmes

University undergraduate
Control Engineering and Automation (module)
Elective Courses (6. semester)
Electronics (module)
Elective Courses (6. semester)
Information Processing (module)
Elective Courses (6. semester)
Software Engineering and Information Systems (module)
Elective Courses (6. semester)
Telecommunication and Informatics (module)
Elective Courses (6. semester)
Wireless Technologies (module)
Elective Courses (6. semester)

Literature

Howard D Curtis (2015.), Orbital Mechanics, Elsevier
Gerd Prölss (2012.), Physics of the Earth’s Space Environment, Springer Science & Business Media

General

ID 192223
  Summer semester
4 ECTS
L0 English Level
L1 e-Learning
39 Lectures
0 Exercises
0 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

85 Excellent
75 Very Good
60 Good
50 Acceptable