Advanced Spacecraft Engineering

Module code: PA7052

The module aims to equip you with the tools required to translate the objectives of a space exploration mission into a spacecraft system that will deliver on the science requirements balanced against the constraints of sound spacecraft engineering principles, and the need to find innovative solutions to engineering challenges. You will have the opportunity to work on typical spacecraft engineering problems in a series of applied interactive sessions, which will bring together all the mission and spacecraft/instrument design activities. 

The focus of the module will be on engineering challenges associated with robotic exploration missions and the development of instruments or systems that are required to operate in these environments. The practical nature of the module will enable you to apply your knowledge of mechanical, thermal, electronics and software engineering, mission design and instrument development. You will develop an appreciation for the complex environmental challenges associated with taking a spacecraft concept through multiple design and implementation phases to launch and operations.

Learning

  • 28 hours of practicals/workshops
  • 122 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Coursework (100%)