Satellite and Space Systems (101H6)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

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.


100%: Lecture


100%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 30 hours of contact time and 120 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.