Introduction to space technologies

Course Description

With the recent interest and pace of technology development, space is becoming for accessible to universities and small enterprises. Employment in the space sector has been growing for years now, and besides scientific contributions resting on experiments in space, there new companies formed providing products based on the data from space and components for space applications. This course will cover basic topics related spacecraft and communications with spacecraft: (a) orbital mechanical, orbital maneuvers, and attitude sensing and control, (b) space weather and Earth's magnetosphere, thermal equilibrium of spacecraft, and (c) communications.

Forms of Teaching


Independent assignments

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Homeworks 0 % 80 % 0 % 0 %
Seminar/Project 0 % 20 % 0 % 0 %
Exam: Written 50 % 80 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Introduction to orbital mechanics. Orbits in two dimensions. Orbit equation. Time and angle in orbit. Lagrange coefficients.
  2. Orbits in three dimensions. State vector. Orbital elements. Orbital Manoeuvres. Orbit Maintenance. Delta-v Budget
  3. Introduction to attitude sensing and control system for a small satellite. Mathematical foundations and review of different methods for attitude sensing.
  4. Passive and active attitude control for small satellites. Review of actuators and circuits for attitude control.
  5. Satellite navigation; tracking object from the Earth; image processing in navigation
  6. Sun's activity; geomagnetic field; ionosphere; monitoring and indicators of space weather
  7. Planck's black body radiation law and thermal equilibrium in planets and satellites.
  8. Systems for powering spacecraft and satellites: hydrogen cell, radioisotope generators and solar power. Photovoltaics.
  9. Introduction to space communications. Elements of optical and microwave communications systems: frequency choices, antennas, microwave amplifiers and receivers, modulation, free space loss, atmospheric absorption, and link budget for satellites in low-earth orbit (LEO).
  10. Survey of space research
  11. Discussion on nanosatellites, payloads, and future plans for space industry.
  12. Poster presentations
  13. Poster presentations
  14. Poster presentations

Study Programmes

University undergraduate
Computer Engineering (module)
Elective Courses (6. semester)
Computer Science (module)
Elective Courses (6. semester)
Computing (study)
Elective Courses (6. semester)
Control Engineering and Automation (module)
Elective Courses (6. semester)
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (study)
Elective Courses (6. semester)
Electrical Power Engineering (module)
Elective Courses (6. semester)
Electronic and Computer Engineering (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)


Howard D Curtis (2015.), Orbital Mechanics, Elsevier

Associate Lecturers

For students


ID 214701
  Summer semester
L2 English Level
L1 e-Learning
40 Lectures
5 Seminar

Grading System

90 Excellent
80 Very Good
65 Good
50 Acceptable

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