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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

AENG22300 Space Systems



School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


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