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Introduction to Spacecraft Technology

Modul MW1979

Dieses Modul wird durch Lehrstuhl für Raumfahrttechnik (Prof. Walter) bereitgestellt.

Diese Modulbeschreibung enthält neben den eigentlichen Beschreibungen der Inhalte, Lernergebnisse, Lehr- und Lernmethoden und Prüfungsformen auch Verweise auf die aktuellen Lehrveranstaltungen und Termine für die Modulprüfung in den jeweiligen Abschnitten.


MW1979 ist ein Semestermodul in Englisch auf Master-Niveau das im Wintersemester angeboten wird.

Das Modul ist Bestandteil der folgenden Kataloge in den Studienangeboten der Physik.

  • Allgemeiner Katalog der nichtphysikalischen Wahlfächer
GesamtaufwandPräsenzveranstaltungenUmfang (ECTS)
120 h 45 h 4 CP

Inhalte, Lernergebnisse und Voraussetzungen


The course provides knowledge of the fundamentals of Rocketry: Rocket Equation; Rocket Staging; Rocket Propulsion (chemical and electrical); Launcher Systems; Space Environment; Rocket Ascent; Astrodynamics; Trajectories; Orbit Transfers


After the successful conclusion of the module, the students are able to apply the basic physics of rocketry and propulsion to carry out a first order desing of a launcher system with respect to the design budgets of mass, power and volume. The students are able to analyse the complexity and the limitations of launching space craft systems and payloads into orbit. Furthermore, the students are able to apply the basic theory of astronautics, especially that of orbital trajectories and transfer maneuvers, with respect to the space craft's propulsion efficiency and the mission time. In general, the students are able to evaluate typical baseline launcher concepts and mission concepts with respect to the typical trade-offs in rocketry, namely mass and power.


Student has to be registered in ESPACE Double Degree Program and spend the 5th semester at Wuhan University.

Lehrveranstaltungen, Lern- und Lehrmethoden und Literaturhinweise

Lehrveranstaltungen und Termine

VO 3 Spacecraft Technology 1 (ESPACE) Mo, 11:45–13:15, MW 1250
Mo, 11:45–13:15, MW 1250

Lern- und Lehrmethoden

In the lecture, the topics are taught with the help of presentations and black board sketches. The accompanying tutorials repeat and engross the crucial topics. With the help of rough calculations and rule of thumb methods, the studens lern how to do first order system evaluations.


lecture, presentation, powerpoint assistance, hand-outs, black board


Lecture notes; U.Walter, Astronautics, Wiley-VCH, ISBN 3-527-40685-9;
Further literature survey is given in the hand-out


Beschreibung der Prüfungs- und Studienleistungen

The module Introduction to Satellite Technology coveres the theory and physics of rocketry and astronautics. The evaluating and analytical command of this expertise cluster is a fundamental prerequisite for the professional qualification of an academically educated rocket engineer. To proof the learning achievement of this study cluster, the students have to pass a written exam pressed for time. The exam comprises typically 20 tasks, which are short questions as well as calculation problems with a partitioning of about 50% to 50%. To work on the exam, the students are provided with a formulary; besides a non-programmable calculator, no further auxiliary material is allowed.


Eine Wiederholungsmöglichkeit wird im Folgesemester angeboten.

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