A spacecraft, which also is called a satellite if its orbit is bound to a celestial body, is designed around the payload instruments it shall carry and the environment it shall function in. You learn about the various subsystems which make up the spacecraft and how it communicates with the surrounding world. Furthermore, you get an understanding for the specific space electronics and typical space materials that are required and learn how the on-board computers and the propulsion work. Orbit and attitude dynamics as well as control of these are necessary for a successful mission.
During the first year's spring term, you begin a project work that will continue during the second year's autumn term. In this project you will in collaboration with other students physically build some instrument that maybe will be launched with rocket or a high altitude balloon to the stratosphere. You will also work on a computer design of a spacecraft in collaboration with other students during the second year's autumn term.
Your master thesis work is performed at a space technology company, space organisation, or academic department, in Kiruna or other parts of the world.
The program attracts ambitious students with high academic performance. Students who have completed the program have continued with research studies or continued within space industry or space organisations.
Space activity is often to a high degree international. Some of the major European space players are ESA, DLR, CNES and EADS/Astrium. In Sweden major players are SSC, OHB Sweden AB, RUAG Space AB, and Omnisys Instruments.
Master Programme in Spacecraft Design
Normal teaching, Autumn 2022
Successful completion of a basic engineering program or a Bachelor´s degree with a minimum of 180 ECTS in the areas of space technology, aerospace, aeronautics, mechatronics, space physics, physics, electronics, mechanics or equivalent. Course work at university level must include electronics or mechanics, and a minimum of 22.5 ECTS in mathematics at university level is required. Course work must include linear algebra, multivariable calculus and ordinary differential equations.
Good knowledge in English, equivalent to English 6More information about English language requirements
The selection procedure is based on academic qualifications, quality and quantity aspects
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