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EE30141: Spacecraft systems engineering

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX100
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment detail data for this unit is currently being updated as a change has been approved. Updated assessment information will be published here shortly.
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
EE30141B - Reassessment Examination (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: This unit is not available to students who have previously taken EE20141 Space platforms and vehicles.
Description: Aims:
Students completing this unit will be equipped to: understand the principal functions and characteristics of space platform subsystems; to perform basic calculations to determine the required characteristics of space platform subsystems and launch vehicles.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit students should be able to:
* Understand the various types of orbit and their particular uses;
* Explain the principles of the main types of spacecraft propulsion systems and make simple calculations about payloads;
* Understand the engineering features of spacecraft power systems; communication systems and the role of ground stations;
* Understand the need for thermal control.

Skills:
Students will learn to apply basic physical principles to solve simple problems and to be able to identify and summarise the key points of the design and operation of space vehicles and platforms.

Content:
Overview of the history of spaceflight. Propulsion systems and the Tsiolkovsky equation. Liquid-fuelled rocket engines. Solid-fuelled rocket motors. Launch vehicles and platforms. Electrical power systems. Attitude control systems. Spacecraft structures. Thermal control and space environment. Orbital mechanics and transfer orbits. Mission analysis. Telecommunications, telemetry and data handling. Ground stations. Small satellites.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

EE30141 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • UEEE-AFB14 : BEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering with Space Science & Technology (Year 3)
  • UEEE-AKB14 : BEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering with Space Science & Technology with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEEE-AFM14 : MEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering with Space Science & Technology (Year 3)
  • UEEE-AKM14 : MEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering with Space Science & Technology with Year long work placement (Year 4)

EE30141 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • UEEE-AFB13 : BEng(Hons) Computer Systems Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEEE-AKB13 : BEng(Hons) Computer Systems Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEEE-AFB01 : BEng(Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEEE-AKB01 : BEng(Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEEE-AFB12 : BEng(Hons) Electrical Power Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEEE-AKB12 : BEng(Hons) Electrical Power Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEEE-AFB15 : BEng(Hons) Electronic Systems Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEEE-AKB15 : BEng(Hons) Electronic Systems Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEEE-AFM13 : MEng(Hons) Computer Systems Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEEE-AKM13 : MEng(Hons) Computer Systems Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEEE-AFM01 : MEng(Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEEE-AKM01 : MEng(Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEEE-AFM12 : MEng(Hons) Electrical Power Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEEE-AKM12 : MEng(Hons) Electrical Power Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEEE-AFM15 : MEng(Hons) Electronic Systems Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEEE-AKM15 : MEng(Hons) Electronic Systems Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEEE-AFM16 : MEng(Hons) Robotics Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEEE-AFB16 : BEng(Hons) Robotics Engineering (Year 3)

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