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Unit information: Advanced Space Systems in 2019/20

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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
Pre-requisites

AENG22300 Space Systems

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description

This module aims to develop an understanding of the technology and other issues related to advanced space systems, with an in-depth review of several topics as coursework. The technical issues and the underlying design requirements will be covered for three major systems areas: trajectories, advanced aspects of spacecraft design and human space flight.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:

LO1 Calculate hyperbolic trajectories

LO2 Describe the perturbations affecting orbits and trajectories

LO3 Plan a planetary mission using orbit modelling tools

LO4 Create a link budget for a ground station

LO5 Design a spacesuit for a given environment

LO6 Compile factors influencing the design of space stations

LO7 Evaluate technical approaches for a single stage to orbit launch

LO8 Appraise rocket propellant feed and cooling systems

LO9 Evaluate spacecraft reentry body designs

Teaching details

  • 20 Lectures with notes (several guest lecturers)
  • Test Yourself questions for each lecture
  • 4 hrs computing laboratories using trajectory planning software
  • 1 example sheet
  • Masters level coursework.

Assessment Details

20% coursework (LO3 and LO4)

80% Exam (LO1, LO4-9)

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

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