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The University of Southampton

Continuing Education: Space Systems Engineering

Course dates and details

We are pleased to announce that the Space Systems Engineering Course is now open for registration. It will be running from 1st July to 5th July 2024.

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Course information

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 4100 personnel have attended, from companies world-wide. The expertise of the Astronautics group is complemented by that of engineers from the Surrey Space Centre, Airbus DS, RAL Space, DLR-GSOC and the ESA.The group have delivered similar courses for the ESA Training Department, at ESTEC in the Netherlands as well as courses at the ESA Headquarters in Paris, ESOC in Darmstadt, ESRIN in Italy, CDTI in Madrid and Airbus DS in the UK.

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. 

Find out more about this course

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

This textbook, now in its fourth edition, was produced for the course and is provided to all participants.

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.

Short Course Organiser

Dr Scott Walker

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (176/4011
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
University of Southampton
SO16 7QF, UK


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