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Unit information: Advanced Space Systems in 2021/22

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

Description including Unit Aims

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 Information

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 Information

1 formative online test

100% presentation exercise


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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