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Long Range Weapons in Developing Countries (Technik, Analyse und Bewertung)

Module MW1862

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 sections.

Module version of SS 2020 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2020WS 2013/4SS 2013

Basic Information

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
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


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.

Learning Outcome

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, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

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)

Module Exam

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.

Note in view of the limitations on university operations as a result of the CoViD19 pandemic: If the basic conditions (hygiene, physical distance rules, etc.) for a classroom-based examination cannot be met, the planned form of examination can be changed to a written or oral online examination in accordance with §13a APSO. The decision about this change will be announced as soon as possible, but at least 14 days before the date of the examination by the examiner after consultation with the board of examiners of the respective study program.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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