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.
Based on the course „Foundations of Space Systems“, this lecture will introduce into structures and functions of space stations as well as into space operations and utilisation. Typical subsystem functions such as power systems, attitude and orbit control systems, thermal control systems, data handling and communication systems will be presented in a systematic manner, together with the respective implementation in an engineering design. Another focus will be on processes and systems needed to operate and exploit space systems. Special emphasis will be given on conceptual design methods for all key functions in context of early design phases.
Space Systems and Operations is held every summer 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).