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 WS 2013/4
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
|available module versions|
|SS 2014||WS 2013/4|
MW2132 is a semester module in German or English language at 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 non-physics elective courses
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||45 h||5 CP|
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
• Design processes and introduction to spacecraft, spacecraft systems and their design,
• Payloads and payload systems, science payloads and their sensors and experiments, surface systems, communication payloads
• Data handling and communication, communication structures, link budgets, environmental factors, telemetry and command, channel coding, error correction, modulations, frequencies
• Energy sources, power supply, solar cells, energy storage, batteries, fuel cells, solar dynamic systems
• Thermal control, radiation balance, thermal modeling, thermal control features
• Sensors and actuators for spacecraft attitude control and navigation
• Mechanical systems, mechanisms, structures
• Subsystem component and payload verification processes, interfaces, safety, function and environmental tests, verification and validation.
• System integration and test, functional and qualification tests, environmental compatibility test, model validation, test processes
• system operations and disposal
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Spacecraft Design||Appel, N. Rott, M.||
Thu, 14:00–15:30, MW 2050
|UE||1||Tutorial Spacecraft Design||
Responsible/Coordination: Rott, M.
Thu, 15:45–16:45, MW 2050
Learning and Teaching Methods
The technical contents will be presented theoretically in the lecture together with hands-on examples from implemented systems and on-going projects. The accompanying tutorial will reinforce important basic aspects with an emphasis on practical implementation and detailed analyses. The students will learn to perform first assessments and order of magnitude design calculations for system designs and layout. The tutorial will provide additional examples and information to current topics in spacecraft technology. Additional independent research, problem solving and literature is expected and will be part of the exams.
2. alternatively in Englisch: "Handbook of Space Technology (Library of Flight)" [Englisch], Wilfried Ley, Klaus Wittmann, Willi Hallmann, ca. €105.
3. Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD [Englisch],
James Richard Wertz, ca. €105, or
4. V.L. Pisacane, R.C.Moore (eds.) "Fundamentals of Space Systems".
For basic background:
1. John Sellers "Understanding Space"
2. U.Walter "Astronautics"
Description of exams and course work
There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.