Spacecraft Systems 7.5 credits

Rymdfarkostens system
Second cycle, R7028R
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 15 Feb 2019

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 15 Feb 2019

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

The applicant shall have competence equivalent to the degree from a basic engineering program or a Bachelor´s degree with a minimum of 180 credits in the areas of space technology, aerospace, aeronautics, mechatronics, space physics, physics, electronics, mechanics, computer science or equivalent. Previous course work at university level must include electronics or mechanics, and a minimum of 22.5 credits in mathematics at university level is required. Documented skills in English language.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

The course aim is to provide basic knowledge of spacecraft systems, related technology and space missions. 


Space systems architecture. Ground, launch and space segments.

Space mission development and operative phases.

Orbit geometry: orbit parameters, types of orbits, coverage, visibility, ground track.

Main categories of space missions (Earth-observations, telecommunications, navigation, science and exploration) and their requirements.

Payload selection and sizing of typical space missions. Spacecraft requirements supporting the payload.

Introduction to spacecraft design and sub-systems: power system, thermal control system, orbit and attitude control system, command and on-board data handling, communications, structure & configuration.

Mass budget, power budget, link budget.

Launch system interface and ground testing.

Small-satellite system design and technology.

Space system development and management methodologies. 

Lectures, project work and practical classes.

Examination is done via assignments and exam. In order to pass the course it is required that all compulsory moments are completed satisfactory. The final grade given for the course reflects the results obtained during the course compulsory moments. 
There can be alternative examination methods.

Thomas Kuhn

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Wertz, J.R., Everett, D.F., Puschell, J.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)

MacDonald, M., Badescu, V., The International Handbook of Space Technology, Springer Praxis Books, 2014.
ISBN: 978-3-642-41101-4 (eBook) , available in ltu library

Peter Fortescue, Graham Swinerd, John Stark, Spacecraft Systems Engineering, 4th edition, Wiley, 2011
ISBN 978-0-470-75012-4
ISBN 978-1-119-97100-9 (eBook), available in the library

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Assignment reportU G#3.50MandatoryA19
0002Written examG U 3 4 54.00MandatoryA19

Study guidance
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