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Degree courses offered through the SpaceLab

The following degree courses are offered by the SpaceLab. These courses comprise the core curriculum for the MPhil specialising in Space Studies.

EEE5124Z   SPACE AND SOCIETY

15 credits at HEQF level 9

Course outline: The course will focus on the societal dimensions of space science and technology. The course will cover the scientific, military, economic and political rationales for space activities. The various international and national regulatory frameworks for space activities will be covered as well as the rationales for and salient aspects of international space cooperation. Space activities are often thought of in terms of their scientific and technological attributes. Yet, the successful implementation of both public and private sector space programmes relies on a wide variety of non-space factors. This course will cover: the historical and current economic, political, military and regulatory drivers for space activities. The drivers for international cooperation in space activities and the changing geopolitics of space cooperation. An overview of regulation of space activities at national and international level and the financing of space projects. A further important aim will be to train students in the communication of space activities to the media and to non-specialist audiences. Students will be required to complete one compulsory outreach activity.

Assessment: Coursework 45% and examination 55%

 

EEE5125Z   SPACE APPLICATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

15 credits at HEQF level 9

Course outline: The course will focus on the applications of space technology to address sustainable development challenges from a local and global perspective. The course will cover the main application pillars of space technology, namely communications, earth observation and satellite aided position, navigation and timing. Space systems play a critical role in the modern information society. The three main pillars of space applications are: earth observation, communications and satellite-aided positioning, timing and navigation. These technologies may be applied to a wide variety of problems in food, water and human security, climate change, environmental management, disaster management and telemedicine and tele-education. The course will provide an overview of the main applications of space systems to support sustainable development. The course content will be supplemented by hands-on workshops in which students will have the opportunity to work with satellite data to solve real-world problems.

Assessment: Coursework 45% and examination 55%

 

EEE5126Z   SPACE MISSION ANALYSIS AND DESIGN

15 credits at HEQF level 9

Course outline: Spacecraft are considered to be part of a space system that comprises both a space segment and a ground segment. This requires an understanding of the space environment and its effects on spacecraft, as well as the basic principles of astronautics to describe satellite orbits and spacecraft trajectories. This course aims to provide a systematic introduction to all the aspects and processes involved in the definition, design, development, testing and operation of space systems. Students are introduced to analysis tools that can be used to explore different mission architectures from the point of view of the space environment, earth coverage, orbit selection, mission operations and data/information flow and analysis. The course will also cover access to space and space transportation.

Assessment: Coursework 45% and examination 55%

 

EEE5127Z   SPECIAL TOPICS IN SPACE TECHNOLOGY

5 credits at HEQF level 9

Course outline: This course provides an introduction to a highly specialized or cutting-edge topic in space studies. The course will cover an important topic in space studies that is not covered by other courses. The topic will be presented by a leading practitioner in the field. The course will be delivered through lectures and supplemented by the use of online resources. The course convener and/or presenter will set goals for structured self-learning to complement the classroom learning and deepen the students’ knowledge of the special topic.

Assessment: Coursework 45% and examination 55%