Long Range Weapons in Developing Countries (Technik, Analyse und Bewertung)
This Module is offered by Chair of Astronautics (Prof. Walter).
This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective
MW1862 is a semester module
in German language
at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level
which is offered in winter semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Catalogue of soft-skill courses
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The lecture investigates the conflict between technology and its use for weaponry. Furthermore an overview of rocket science especially with respect to ballistic missiles in so called "problem countries" is provided. The following topics are covered in detail: An overview of the relevance of weapons and their political dimension plus proliferation, technical aspects, history, analysis and reconstruction of the performance of such systems, aspects of project realization, existing systems and weapons of mass destruction and their classification, systems for missile defense.
Goal of the lecture is a better understanding of the general problem of ballistic missiles, both technical and political/strategic relevance. After participating in this lecture the student should be able to analyze the relevance of those weapons in the context of potential threats and the risk of a military conflict. The students are able to evaluate the systems with respect to their technical performance and status even with insufficient information. Furthermore they are able to provide useful contributions to debates about threats posed by countries in possession of ballistic missiles.
none (for a better understanding the lecture "Grundlagen der Raumfahrt" might be helpful, but not required)
Courses and Schedule
Learning and Teaching Methods
Lecture, presentation, movie clips, black board and models. Every lecture begins with a discussion of a current, relevant topic. Examples from industry are used for getting insights into the topic. Comprehensive lecture notes are available.
lecture, real life examples, presentation of the lecture notes with a projector, additional notes on a blackboard, models, videos
none (if someone is interested, don't hesitate to ask the professor for some information)
Description of exams and course work
There will be an oral examination where the student has to depict the topics of the lecture and illustrate the quintessence with examples.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.