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The University of Southampton

Continuing Education: Space Systems Engineering 2021 (July & September)

12-16 July - Online
5-10 Sept - In person, 6 -10 Sept - If online

The Astronautics Group has established itself as a leading centre for the training of engineers in the space industry in Europe.

Our short one-week course in space systems engineering in Southampton has provided training for professional engineers in the spacecraft manufacturing and associated industries since 1974. To date approximately 4000 personnel have attended, from companies world-wide. The expertise of the Astronautics group is complemented by that of engineers from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Airbus Defense and Space, DLR-GSOC, Surrey Space Centre and ESA. The group have delivered similar courses for the ESA Training Department, at Estec in the Netherlands as well as courses at ESA Headquarters in Paris, ESOC in Darmstadt, Esrin in Italy, CDTI in Madrid and Airbus DS in the UK.

Due to the pandemic, we will be holding two iterations of the course this year. The first will be online, at a reduced cost. The second is currently planned to be delivered in person at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Southampton. This course may possibly need to be replaced by another online iteration if national precautions require.

The online course will contain exactly the same content and high quality of information and presentation, from the same lecturers as our in person courses. Delegates will receive an online versions of the Textbook and Course notes to download.

In addition to this on-site course we are also able to offer in-house courses, tailored to meet the customer's specific requirements of duration and content. If your company feels this would be appropriate please do not hesitate to contact us with details of your requirements, and we will be pleased to give you a quotation.

This course presents an integrated approach to the total systems design of spacecraft by providing insight into how the various component subsystems function and interface with one another. It has proved to be of value to a broad range of companies that are involved with spacecraft, including spacecraft manufacturers, insurers and satellite operators from many different countries world-wide. Please click here for further course details.

The Luigi Napolitano Literature Award was announced for "Spacecraft Systems Engineering (3rd Edition)" by Fortescue, Stark and Swinerd (editors), John Wiley & Sons, 2003

This 678-page textbook was produced for the course and is provided to all participants

Course Fees

12th-16th July Online: £1500

5th-10th Sept In person: £2300

If online, £1500


Short Course Organiser

Dr Scott Walker
Aerospace Engineering (176/4011)
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
University of Southampton
SO16 7QF, UK


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