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The University of Southampton

Continuing Education: Space Systems Engineering

Course dates

We are sorry to say the September 2021 course will not take place. The next iteration of the course will likely be in person, and around July next year.

Details will be finalised and released around Spring 2022.

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, DLR-GSOC and the ESA.

The Group delivers similar courses for the ESA Training Department, at Estec in the Netherlands. They have also organised and run a variety of in house courses at ESA Headquarters in Paris, at ESOC in Darmstadt, at Esrin in Italy, CDTI in Madrid and Airbus DS in the UK.

Due to the pandemic, and isolation times required by the government for our many overseas delegates, it is not currently possible to run the hoped for in person course this September, so both courses will be held online.

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.

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

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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