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AERO4701: Space Engineering 3

This unit aims to teach students the fundamental principles and methods of designing solutions to estimation and control problems in aerospace engineering applications. Students will apply learned techniques in estimation and control theory to solving a wide range of different problems in engineering such as satellite orbit determination, orbit transfers, satellite attitude determination, satellite positioning systems and remote sensing. Students will learn to recognise and appreciate the coupling between the different elements within an estimation and control task, from a systems-theoretic perspective. Students will learn to use this system knowledge and basic design principles to design and test a solution to a given estimation task, with a focus on aerospace applications (such as satellite remote sensing).

Code AERO4701
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
[65% average in (AERO3460 AND AERO3360 AND AERO3560 AND AERO3760) OR (MECH3660 AND MECH3261 AND MECH3361 AND AERO3760) OR (MECH3660 AND AMME3500 AND MTRX3700 AND AERO3760)] AND [Must have passed AERO3760]. Students must have achieved a 65% average mark in 3rd year for enrolment in this unit.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. have obtained knowledge of system engineering aspects of designing spacecraft
  • LO2. have obtained knowledge of spacecraft bus subsystems & design
  • LO3. perform space mission analysis & design
  • LO4. have obtained knowledge of the space environment & its effects
  • LO5. have obtained knowledge of applications of small, low-cost satellites
  • LO6. communicate the design philosophy as well as the results
  • LO7. document the design process in sufficient detail that another engineer can continue on with the work just by going through the log book
  • LO8. design as a team of engineers.

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