Regarding a satellite system, lectures will be presented on “small satellite systems and mission idea” or “spacecraft dynamics and control”, based on students’ presentations, proposals, and discussion, with knowledge and reference materials provided as needed. One of the course goals is to participate in a satellite design or a spacecraft control contest to present pieces of work created by students.
Regarding a rocket system, design of a rocket, which symbolizes huge system design, an overview of the development and launching operation, engine combustion tests, and rocket launching procedures will be shown with video footage. Students will learn about the fundamentals and concepts of a series of rocket designing processes as for system designing method, basics for rocket sizing, guidance control/structure/electric power/propulsion or other systems.
[Goals] By taking this course, students will understand space project planning, and basic processes for designing a rocket or satellite/spacecraft system or other fundamental concepts, and gain a practical experience.
[Topics] The aim of this course is for students to understand space system planning, selection of missions, discussion on feasibility, the basics of conceptual design such as definition of base specifications and carry them out for themselves. Two major domains: the satellite/spacecraft system and rocket system will be covered in this course. Students will be divided into teams to have discussion and make presentations to understand and learn the basic processes, handling with future space projects and small satellites/spacecraft as a specific topic for the satellite/spacecraft system, and Japan’s H-IIA Launch Vehicle etc. for the rocket system.
|✔ Applicable||How instructors' work experience benefits the course|
|In this lecture, practical knowledge on space engineering is provided by professors and lecturers who have experiences about research and development of space science satellites and deep space exploration spacecraft in JAXA and rocket in MHI.|
small satellite/spacecraft systems, mission idea, rocket system design
|✔ Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Two major domains: the satellite system and rocket system will be covered in this course. Students will be divided into teams to have discussion and make presentations on future space projects and small satellites as a specific topic for the satellite system, and Japan's and world's launch vehicles for the rocket system. Communication language of the lecture is Japanese.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||The outlines of this course will be explained. Satellite 1: Introduction to super-small satellites.||Understand the purpose of the course|
|Class 2||Satellite 2: Introduction to contests, coming up with initial ideas, and the basics of satellite design||Come up with ideas|
|Class 3||Satellite 3: Presentations on the ideas, classification of them, and grouping of the students||Present the ideas|
|Class 4||Satellite 4: Presentations on detailed ideas, group discussion, presentations on the outcomes, and advanced design for satellites||Discuss in groups|
|Class 5||Satellite 5: Selection of the theme of work, group discussion, presentations on the outcomes, and the basics of satellite control||Discuss in groups and make presentations|
|Class 6||Satellite 6: Discussion on the feasibility of the themes, group discussion, presentations on the outcomes, the basics of satellite operations||Discuss in groups and make presentations|
|Class 7||Satellite 7: Discussion about the work for a contest as a whole, and Presentation on each group's work and evaluation||Holistically discuss and present the work|
|Class 8||Rocket 1: Historical revolutions and Fundamental theory of rocket||The history of rocket development|
|Class 9||Rocket 2: System descriptions of rocket and their features||The basics of rocket sizing|
|Class 10||Rocket 3: Subsystem design of rocket (propulsion/ engine etc.)||Fluid dynamics/ thermal design etc.|
|Class 11||Rocket 4: Subsystem design of rocket (structure/ guidance control etc.)||Strength/ light weight design etc.|
|Class 12||Rocket 5: Reliability and Production assurance of rocket||Reliability/ Quality control etc.|
|Class 13||Rocket 6: Development, launching and operations of rocket||Project planning/Future evolution|
|Class 14||Rocket 7: Report on the results (each of the groups)||Report on the results|
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.
Materials are to be provided in class.
Materials are to be provided in class.
Students will be assessed on their presentations in class, and finalized work and reports. (Satellite: 50%, Rocket: 50%)
Students to enroll in this course should have a great interest in space systems. They are requested to have discussion and draw conclusions thinking flexibly. Note that this course does not merely consist of classroom lectures.
Japanese language skill is required for communication and discussion between students.