2020 Advanced Space Engineering

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Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Iwata Takanori  Noda Atsushi  Ozawa Satoru  Uchiumi Masaharu  Matunaga Saburo 
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Course description and aims

A large-scale integrated system consisting of spacecraft (satellite, probe, and space station), rocket, ground systems, and communication network is required for space development, space utilization and space exploration. The scope of this course is to show element and system technologies and engineering management methodologies (systems engineering, project management, and safety and mission assurance) required for development and operations of those space systems. (The course includes control engineering, structural mechanics, electrical engineering, and communication engineering.)

Student learning outcomes

The goal of this course is to achieve the capability of conceptual design of spacecraft system necessary for space mission.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
In this lecture, practical knowledge on space engineering is provided by lecturers who have experiences about research and development of versatile space satellites in JAXA.


Space Mission, Space System, Space Development, Project Management

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Faculty members having space project experiences give lectures on technologies and processes of spacecraft development.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction, Space Missions Understanding space system technologies
Class 2 Overview of Space Systems Understanding space system technologies
Class 3 Spacecraft Operation Understanding space system technologies
Class 4 Spacecraft Development Understanding space system technologies
Class 5 Spacecraft Design Understanding space system technologies
Class 6 Systems Engineering Understanding space system technologies
Class 7 Spacecraft Design Detail 1 Understanding space system technologies
Class 8 Spacecraft Design Detail 2 Understanding space system technologies
Class 9 Spacecraft Design Detail 3, Safety and Mission Assurance Understanding space system technologies
Class 10 Project Management Understanding space system technologies
Class 11 Rocket 1 Understanding space system technologies
Class 12 Rocket 2 Understanding space system technologies
Class 13 Mission Subsystem Development Understanding space system technologies
Class 14 Mission Subsystem Design Understanding space system technologies

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


No textbook is assigned.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Necessary materials will be distributed during the lecture.

Assessment criteria and methods


Related courses

  • MEC.M231 : Introduction to Space Engineering
  • MEC.M331 : Space Systems Engineering
  • MEC.M332 : Space Systems Design Project

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Basic knowledge of classical dynamics, differential equation, and linear algebra is desired, but not mandatory.

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