Spacecraft Design Project 7.5 Credits

Projektkurs: Rymdfarkostdesign
Second cycle, P7012R
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2018 Sp 3 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 13 Feb 2013

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 06 Nov 2017

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Space Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Space Technology

Entry requirements

Good knowledge within the area spacecraft design, equivalent to the course R7020R Spacecraft Design.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The student shall obtain knowledge and experience on how a smaller spacecraft can be designed as far as possible by specifications and where the subsystems of the spacecraft are integrated to a spacecraft in a computer environment.

Introduction to project work and evaluation of proposed space projects. Design of a spacecraft in a computer environment. Organization of, and preparation of documents for a Preliminary Design Review (PDR). Oral and written presentation of the PDR for clients of the project. The client could in the normal case be a project group with students that work in parallel with the construction of a space instrument, which in principle could be carried by the spacecraft that is designed in this project.

Students will work in groups. Large groups are to be divided into sub-projects with their own chairman. The minimum number of students in a project is 2 if possible, but it wishful that more that that is participating in the project. If the project is large and there are many students involved, then shall the students be divided in smaller groups, where each group is responsible for different parts or aspects of the spacecraft. Each group shall then interact with the other groups within the framework of concurrent engineering. A student project manager will be appointed who is responsible for implementing the project in its entirety.

The student should be active in the project work. Each students performance can be distinguished from other students achievements and the final results are graded according to scale, G, U, 3, 4, 5.

Johnny Ejemalm

Literature. Valid from Spring 2018 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Wertz, James R., Everett, David. F., Puschell, Jeffery J.: Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD, Microcosm Press 2011.
ISBN 978-1-881-883-15-9 (pb)
ISBN 978-1-881-883-16-6 (hb)
Fortescue, P.,Swinerd, G., Stark, J.: Spacecraft System Engineering, 4 ed., Wiley 2011.
Print ISBN: 9780470750124.
ePDF ISBN: 9781119971016. 3rd ed. ePDF available at LTU library

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

0004Preliminary Design Review7.5TG G U 3 4 5

Study guidance
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