Semester Offering: August

Aerospace technology is being developed so fast that the latest information as well as general basic knowledge should be provided so as to apply them to the practical application of GIS, Remote Sensing, ICT, and Earth Science. Analysis and design methodology of aerospace systems will be given in this course, which is applicable to other modern engineering field.


Elements and Tools for Aerospace Systems Development and Applications. Status of the World Space Projects. Management of Space Projects. Principle of Space Flight Mechanism. Application Satellites. On-board Space Subsystems. Operation and Utilization of Aerospace Systems.




I.          Introduction
1.    History of Flight and Space Development
2.    Merit and Spin-off of Space Technology
3.    Potential Area of Aerospace Applications
II.        Status and Trend of the World Space Programs
1.    US Space Program
2.    European Space Program
3.    Asian Space Program
4.    Japanese Space Programs
III.      Application Satellites
1.    Earth Observation Satellites
2.    Meteorological Satellites
3.    Communication, Broadcast, and IT Satellites
4.    Global Positioning Satellite System
IV.       Principle of Flight Mechanics
1.    Flight Dynamics of Rocket
2.    Orbital Mechanics (1)
3.    Navigation, Guidance and Control
V.       Spacecraft Systems Engineering
1.    Spacecraft Environment
2.    Orbital Mechanics (2)
3.    Mission Analysis
4.    Spacecraft Subsystems
VI.       Small-Satellite Engineering and Application
1.    Small-satellite System Design
1.1   new computer/network based satellite bus architecture
2.    Small-satellite Applications
VII.     Management of Space Projects
1.    Cost and Schedule Control; Phased Planning Method
2.    Configuration Control, Quality and Safety Assurance
3.    Reliability Design, Check and Review, Redundancy and Contingency Plan 
4.    Verification, Validation, Tests, and Evaluation


1.       Using  “Satellite Tool Kit”, a world-wide used software for orbit generation and visualization, practical applications will be analyzed to  enhance understanding of the remote sensing satellite and the GPS operation.

2.       Project study of small-satellite for remote sensing.
As an introduction to the system engineering and design, mission analysis and phase A (feasibility) study for “RS&GIS” piggy-back satellite will be exercised.


Lecture notes


  • Bernhard Hofmann-Wellenhof, et. al, Global Positioning System, Springer-Verlag Wien New York, 2005
  • D.G. Bolden & W.J. Larson: Cost-Effective Space Mission Operations, McGraw Hill, 1996.
  • Peter Fortescue,, Spacecraft Systems Engineering, john Wiley & Sons Ltd, 3rd ed. 2003.
  • A. Houston & M. Rycroft (ed.): Keys to Space, Mc Graw Hill, 1999.
  • W. J. Larson & J.R. Wertz (ed.): Space Mission Analysis and Design, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 3rd ed. 1999.
  • Rudlf X. Meyer: Elements of Space Technology, Academic Press, 1999.
  • Brij N. Agrawal: Design of Geosynchronous Spacecraft, Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1986.




The Final grades will be computed according to the following percentage distribution:

Lab session assignment 20%;
Mid-Semester 35%;
Final Exam 45%.

Closed-book examination is used for both Mid-Semester and Final Exam