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Electronics in Space 7.5 credits

Second cycle, E7003R
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2022 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Space Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Space Technology
Main field of study
Space Technology

Entry requirements

A minimum of 22.5 ECTS in mathematics at the university level is required. Basic knowledge in electronics and circuit theory is of advantage. Good knowledge in English, equivalent to English 6.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The aim of the course is to develop the student’s knowledge of electronic devices and circuits and the effects of space upon them to that required for space applications. On completion of the course the student shall have the skills and knowledge to be able to: 
  • Describe the requirements of electronic circuits required for a number of space instruments;
  • Analyze and measure the characteristics and limitations of circuits used to meet the demands of space instrumentation;
  • Describe the construction and operation of semiconductor devices and the effects that space radiation has on their characteristics and to design circuits to protect them.
After the lab activities, the students will be able to:
  • Work in a standard electronics lab, cooperate with other students in undertaking practical lab activities,
  • demonstrate the skills to write technical reports in English. 

    The course will cover: 

    • The electronic circuit requirements of a number of space instruments;   
    • Examples of circuits such as differential amplifiers for very high common mode voltages, charge and pulse shaping amplifiers, current to voltage amplifiers, bootstrapping and guards, high voltage and switch mode power supplies;   
    • The construction, operation and characteristics of semiconductor devices such as bipolar and field effect transistors, CMOS devices, CCD and CMOS arrays and the use of silicon on insulator technology;   
    • The effect of space radiation on semiconductor materials and devices and the resulting change in characteristics and damage including single event upsets, total dose effects and component failure;   
    • The necessity for suitable screening, grounding and electromagnetic compatibility in a space system. 

      Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
      The course consists of lectures and lab works. There will be assignments which help the students use their learning to solve problems e.g. regarding electronic circuit design for safe operation in space. Before each lab, the students shall have submitted a pre-lab report to show they know what they are supposed to do in the lab and what to expect. After the lab, they shall submit a lab report. 
      Parts of the lectures may be implemented using hybrid/blended education methods (online). (Please also see Behörigheter.) 

      If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
      To pass the course the student must have their lab reports and assignments approved, and  pass the written exam. 

      It should be noted that this course has been designed for Space Master students and for Spacecraft Design students who do not necessarily have an extensive electronics background. It should also be noted that approximately three quarters of the content of this course is the same as that of course E7001R. Because of this overlap no student may include both this course and course E7001R in their degree.

      This course gives the foundation for the demands that must be put on construction of a spacecraft in order for it to work in space. Thus it gives a basis for the course R7029R Space System Engineering.

      Soheil Sadeghi

      Literature. Valid from Autumn 2007 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
      None available.

      Course offered by
      Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

      CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
      0002Laboratory workU G#3.00MandatoryA07
      0004Written examG U 3 4 54.50MandatoryS22

      Study guidance
      Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

      Syllabus established
      The course plan was accepted by the Department of Space Science 2007-02-28 and remains valid as from H07.

      Last revised
      by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 16 Feb 2021