SESA6057 Spacecraft Engineering Design
This module builds on the astronautics modules in the 2 nd and 3rd year but concentrates on the application of the techniques taught to the current requirements of the space industry. This is done by supplementing the taught material with case studies and speakers from the UK and European Space industry. As a result this module provides the background to employment in the space industry.
Aims and Objectives
To develop an understanding of spacecraft system engineering and the role of subsystem design.
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- To develop an understanding of spacecraft system engineering and the rôle of subsystem design.
Space Environment and its Effect on Spacecraft Design and Human Spaceflight - Topics to be covered include: space debris mitigation and remediation, radiation, space weather and space climate. Orbit Design - Topics to be covered include: orbit selection for different mission types, constellations for remote sensing and communications. Spacecraft subsystems - Topics to be covered include: Power (mission types, architectures, budgets), thermal control and Telecommunications (onboard processing and data handling for Earth, science, communications and human missions). • Case Studies - System Case Studies:satellite navigation system and a remote sensing mission. The advantages and disadvantages of trade-offs will be explored. Industrial Speakers - Topics will be introduced at the beginning of the module.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching methods include • Lectures, including slide and video presentations, and example classes. • Industry speakers. Learning activities include • Directed reading. • Individual work to understand and master the course content, with the objective of successfully solving problems. • Application of course content to astronautics-based Group Design projects.
|Completion of assessment task||8|
|Wider reading or practice||18|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||18|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
P.W. Fortescue, J.P.W. Stark and G.G. Swinerd (editors): (2003). 'Spacecraft Systems Engineering.
|Exam (120 minutes)||80%|
|Exam (120 minutes)||100%|
Repeat type: Internal & External
Pre-requisite module/s: SESA3025 Space Systems and Design or equivalent.
To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):
|SESA3025||Spacecraft Systems and Design|