Space systems are amongst todays most complex technical systems. They fulfil their mission only through a well-defined interaction of various system elements, in a very special and challenging environment.
The lecture “Foundations of Space Systems” shall present the basics to understand, design and operate space systems. It addresses history and evolution of space flight, its utilization, the specific environment in space, the Ziolkowsky equation, foundations of orbit mechanics and orbit control, as well as the different subsystems for space systems in an overview.
Foundations of Space Systems is held every winter term. The course consists of a two-hour lecture per week. It is a core course aimed at master students of Mechanical and Process Engineering. Students of other subjects are welcome to participate if they meet the prerequisites of their courses of study. The course totals four ECTS credit points. Lectures are held by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhold Bertrand (Senior Strategic Officer at ESA/ ESOC and cooperate professor at TU Darmstadt, FSR).