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Electronics in Space 7.5 credits

Second cycle, E7003R
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2021 Sp 3 - Present
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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 22 Jun 2020

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 skills in English language.

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:

  1. Describe the requirements of electronic circuits required for a number of space instruments;
  2. Design and measure the characteristics and limitations of circuits used to meet the demands of space instrumentation;
  3. 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;
  4. Describe the reasons for and uses of screening, grounding   and circuit layout and design, in meeting electromagnetic compatibility requirements in a space system;
  5. Cooperate with other students in undertaking practical projects and writing technical reports in English.


The course will cover:

  1. The electronic circuit requirements of a number of space instruments;
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. 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;
  5. The necessity for suitable screening, grounding and electromagnetic compatibility in a space system.


The course consists of lectures and demonstrations in the laboratories; practical exercises and projects.
Parts of the teaching may be implemented using hybrid/blended education methods (online, videos, etc).


To pass the course the student must have had the projects and their reports approved and in combination with the exam mark have obtained a grade 3 or above.

Parts of the examination may be implemented using hybrid/blended methods (online, videos, etc).

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 scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Laboratory workU G#3.00MandatoryA07
0003Written or oral examG U 3 4 54.50MandatoryA16

Study guidance
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