2022 Advanced Space Engineering

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Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Iwata Takanori  Noda Atsushi  Ozawa Satoru  Matunaga Saburo  Uchiumi Masaharu 
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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
Basic knowledge for mechanical engineering

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 and Overview of Space Systems Understanding space system technology outline
Class 2 Spacecraft Operation Understanding Spacecraft Operation
Class 3 Spacecraft Development Understanding Spacecraft Development outline
Class 4 Spacecraft Design Understanding Spacecraft Design outline
Class 5 Spacecraft Design: Bus Subsystem 1 Understanding Bus Subsystem 1
Class 6 Mission Subsystem Development Understanding Mission Subsystem Development
Class 7 Mission Subsystem Design Understanding Mission Subsystem Design
Class 8 Spacecraft Design: Bus Subsystem 2 Understanding Bus Subsystem 2
Class 9 Rocket System 1 Understanding Rocket System 1
Class 10 Rocket System 2 Understanding Rocket System 2
Class 11 Spacecraft Design: Bus System, Safety and Mission Assurance Understanding Bus System, Safety and Mission Assurance
Class 12 Systems Engineering Understanding Systems Engineering
Class 13 Project Management Understanding Project Management
Class 14 Small Satellites Understanding Small Satellite 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 course materials and other references.


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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