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 2020||SS 2013||WS 2012/3|
MW1983 is a year module in English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|240 h||90 h||8 CP|
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
Rocket Propulsion (chemical and electrical)
The lectures of the winter semester provide knowledge of the fundamentals of space mission and spacecraft design:
Mission Design (requirements, trade studies)
Mission Geometry & Orbit Selection
Satellite Payloads (typical)
Structure & Mechanisms
Attitude Determination and Control System
Thermal Control System
After the successful conclusion of the second part of the module (winter term) the students will have learned all relevant theory and engeneering tools for analysing the major elements of a typical space mission with special emphasis on the space element, namely the spacecraft itself. The students will be able to understand the complex interactions between the spaceflight environment, spacecraft sub-systems and mission needs, can analyze relevant requirements and find first order solutions for mission planning purposes. Students will be able to evaluate spacecraft systems and perform basic optimizations with respect to the typical trade-offs comprising power, mass, data rate, lifetime, complexity and reliability. The students will be able to evaluate the basic interactions between the design drivers for spacecraft systems and to implement them in the typical design processes.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||3||Spacecraft Technology 1 (ESPACE)||
Mon, 11:45–13:15, MW 1250
|UE||1||Spacecraft Technology 1 - Tutorial||
Mon, 13:45–14:30, MW 1250
Learning and Teaching Methods
Further literature survey is given in the hand-out
Description of exams and course work
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.
There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.