Semester Offering: January

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. Earth Observation 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 (Japan, India etc)

III.    Application Satellites (1)
1.      Earth Observation Satellites and Sensors

IV.    Application Satellites (2)
1.      Meteorological Satellites
2.      Communication, Broadcast, and IT Satellites
3.      Global Positioning Satellite System

V.     Principle of Flight Mechanics
1.      Flight Dynamics of Rocket
2.      Orbital Mechanics (1)
3.      Navigation, Guidance and Control

VI.    Spacecraft Systems Engineering
1.      Spacecraft Environment
2.      Orbital Mechanics (2)
3.      Mission Analysis
4.      Spacecraft Subsystems

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

VIII. Orbital Mechanics Demonstration
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.


Lecture Notes


Jerry Sellers, et al
Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics +Website (Space Technology),
        Learning Solutions, 2007.

Dava Newman
 Interactive Aerospace Engineering and Design (McGraw Hill Series in Aeronautical and
Aerospace Engineering), McGraw Hill, 2001.

Ahmed El-Rabbany,
Introduction to GPS: The Global Positioning System, Artech House Publishers, 2006

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,  McGraw Hill, 1999.

W. J. Larson & J.R. Wertz (ed.):
Space Mission Analysis and Design,  Kluwer Academic Publishers, 3rd ed. 1999.


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

Mid-Semester 45%; 
Final Exam 45%;
Other Assignments 10%.

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