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Space System Engineering 7.5 credits

Second cycle, R7029R
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - 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

R7025R Orbit and Attitude Dynamic; R7026R Spacecraft Control; R7018R Spacecraft Onboard Datahandling; R7021R Space Communications; R7023R Propulsion with Space Applications; E7003R Electronics in Space or E7001R Electronics in Space; R7024R Space Materials and Structures Good knowledge in English equivalent to English 6. More information about the English language requirements []

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The student shall obtain knowledge about principles and working methods for design of a space systems.

Conceptual and preliminary design phases of space systems.
Space systems design methodologies.
Space mission analysis and design.
Space system verification and validation.
Tests systems and facilities.
Technology Readiness Levels;
Reliability and risk analysis. 
Cost analysis.
Space project scheduling and management.
Standards and protocols. 
Space organizations.

Lectures, project based work, and computer practicals (preliminary)

Assignements (preliminary)

This course can not be part of the degree together with R7020R Spacecraft Design.

Thomas Kuhn

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2020 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Wertz J.R., Everett D.F., Puschell J.J. (Eds.), “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. (Eds.), “Spacecraft Systems Engineering,” 4th Edition, Wiley, 2011.
ISBN 978-0-470-75012-4
ISBN 978-1-119-97100-9 (eBook), available at LTU library

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

Berlin P., "Satellite Platform Design," Luleå University of Technology, 2014.
ISBN: 978-91-637-5330-5

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Assignment reportG U 3 4 57.50MandatoryA20

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
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 21 Feb 2020

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 18 Jun 2020