When attending the master programme in Spacecraft Design, you'll get knowledge of both space and spacecrafts. Space is an extreme environment, hence satellites require complex technical systems and devices, systems and devices you learn how to construct.
In space, there is electromagnetic radiation, fast protons and electrons and neutral atoms that can slow down a spacecraft, or erode its sensitive surfaces. There are charged particles that can cause catastrophic discharge and orbital debris and meteoroids that could pose a danger to the spacecraft when in vacuum.
It is with this knowledge in mind that a spacecraft is designed.
What will you learn?
You will learn about a satellite's different subsystems, what is needed in order to manage its propulsion, attitude control, thermal balance and electric power systems. Of course, all the electronics have to cope with the space environment. The spacecraft must have telecommunication with Earth and perhaps also with other satellites.
The spacecraft carries a payload and will operate in a special orbit in space. Therefore, you must be able to calculate the spacecraft's orbit i various coordinate systems. You will also learn how several typical payload instruments are designed.
During the programme's second year, you and your fellow students build at least one payload instrument that can be placed on a spacecraft. The instruments can be tested in a vacuum chamber, in a shaking machine and in high altitude balloons sent up from the nearby rocket- and balloon base Esrange.
In a computer environment you will also learn how to design the spacecraft that will carry the payload you build. This work is performed with the method concurrent engineering, several groups work at the same time with different subsystems and have intense communication with other groups. This method speeds up the design process.
The programme ends with a thesis project during the last semester.