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Unit information: Advanced Space Systems in 2020/21

Unit name Advanced Space Systems
Unit code AENGM2400
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Aplin
Open unit status Not open

AENG22300 Space Systems



School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit equips students with a range of advanced space skills and understanding, including: calculate hyperbolic trajectories; describe the perturbations affecting orbits and trajectories; plan a planetary mission using orbit modelling tools; create a link budget for a ground station; design a spacesuit for a given environment; compile factors influencing the design of space stations; evaluate technical approaches for a single stage to orbit launch; appraise rocket propellant feed and cooling systems; evaluate spacecraft reentry body designs

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of technology and other issues related to advanced space systems
  2. Identify and evaluate technical issues and underlying design requirements for systems areas including: trajectories, advanced aspects of spacecraft design and human space flight.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

1 formative online test

100% presentation exercise

Reading and References

  • Wertz, J.R. & Larson, W.J., Space Mission Analysis & Design. 1999, 3rd ed., Kluwer Academic. ISBN: 0792359011
  • Sutton, G.P & Biblarz, O., Rocket Propulsion Elements, 2010, 8th ed., Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 0470080248
  • Wertz, J.R., Mission Geometry; Orbit & Constellation Design & Management: Spacecraft Orbit & Attitude Systems. 2002. Kluwer Academic. ISBN: 0792369033
  • Curtis, H.D., Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students. 2010, 2nd ed., Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN: 0123747783