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.

Spacecraft systems:

  • 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.