Space Systems

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Lecture „Foundations of Space Systems“

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 an elective 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 (Head of Research and Technology Management Office, Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Operations, ESOC).

Schedule / Examination

Lecture in the winter term 2018/19

Lecture: Friday, 10:00h – 11:30h in L4|02 – 201 (Hörsaal- und Medienzentrum (HMZ), 2nd floor)

Beginning of the course: Friday, October 19, 2018

Please visit the e-learning platform Moodle for an overview of all lecture dates.


An excursion to European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt is possible at the end of the course (around beginning/mid-February). The number of places is limited and a prior registration is recommended. Further information will be available during the lecture.


Oral examination, approx. 20 minutes per student

It is necessary to register first via Moodle for an oral examination date!

Afterwards, a registration in TUCaN is required.

Please note: An application for the oral examination in TUCaN without a prior registration via Moodle is invalid.

The examination dates will be published via Moodle.

Documents and more information

Please register for this lecture in TUCaN. Afterwards, you will be automatically subscribed at the e-learning portal Moodle. There you can download the lecture notes and find current information regarding the lecture dates. You will need your TU-ID (e.g.: „ab12ebob.stud.tu“ > TUCaN/Moodle: „ab12ebob“) and your password. In case you need help with your TU-ID or the registration, please contact the e-learning center of the HRZ.