Space Technologies

Course Description

This course introduces technologies used to build satellites: navigation, attitude control, space communications (radiofrequency, optical and quantum), ground communications and control segment and an overview of satellite development and qualification.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the main elements of a satellite and their function in a satellite with a communications or scientific payload
  2. Describe the characterstic and compute essential orbital parameters for the most common types of orbits (GEO and SSO)
  3. Analyze energy requirements of a satellite energy system and apply them in the design of a satellite
  4. Analyze thermal requirement of a satellite, estimate average satellite temperature and apply in the design of a satellite
  5. Explain the operation of a communications system used to communication between satellite and Earth and the main elements of a link budget
  6. Explain the operation of the attitude determination and control system and determine optimal approaches

Forms of Teaching

Lectures

Live lectures

Laboratory

Laboratory exercises

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Laboratory Exercises 0 % 10 % 0 % 10 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 45 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 0 % 45 %
Exam: Written 0 % 90 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Introductory lecture (overview of space technology, applications, and thermal and mechanical satellite design)
  2. Attitude determination and control system
  3. Attitude determination and control system
  4. Attitude determination and control system
  5. Satellite communication technologies
  6. Satellite communication technologies
  7. Satellite communication technologies
  8. Midterm exam
  9. Ground station
  10. Ground station
  11. Navigation
  12. Navigation
  13. Earth observation
  14. Earth observation
  15. Final exam

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Literature

S. Tirró (2012.), Satellite Communication Systems Design, Springer Science & Business Media
(.), Low-Earth Orbit Satellite Design, G. Sebestyen, S. Fujikawa, N. Galassi, A. Chuchra,
Michael K. Shepard (2017.), Introduction to Planetary Photometry, Cambridge University Press
Peter Fortescue, Graham Swinerd, John Stark (2011.), Spacecraft Systems Engineering, John Wiley & Sons

Associate Lecturers

Laboratory exercises

For students

General

ID 222792
  Summer semester
5 ECTS
L0 English Level
L1 e-Learning
45 Lectures
0 Seminar
0 Exercises
6 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

87 Excellent
75 Very Good
62 Good
50 Acceptable