Engineering and design
Satellite and Space Systems
Module code: 101H6
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Unseen examination
Fundamentals of space missions:
- Evolution of space activities
- launch vehicles
- orbital dynamics.
- attitude control of spacecraft
- telemetry and telecommand
- spacecraft thermal control
- spacecraft power systems.
Mission environmental and engineering requirements:
- hostile environment
- system reliability
- space and ground segments.
Applications of Satellite Space Technology:
- communication satellites
- navigation satellites
- GPS and tracking systems
- remote sensing from space for environmental security
- the role of satellite imagery for monitoring international arms control treaties and in the control of nuclear proliferation
- the role of space systems for border security and systems.
Module learning outcomes
- Understand the fundamental principles of satellite communication systems and their applications.
- Understand a range of specialist topics related to satellite communication engineering.
- Understand current problems and emerging solutions in the applications of satellite communications and their integration with the global fibre network.
- Understand the analytical and practical techniques applicable to advanced scholarship in satellite communication systems.