AERO2705: Space Engineering 1 (2015 - Semester 2)

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Unit: AERO2705: Space Engineering 1 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Intermediate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Auld, Douglass
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: (AERO1560 OR MECH1560 OR MTRX1701 OR ENGG1800) AND MATH1001 AND MATH1002 AND MATH1003.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit aims to introduce students to the terminology, technology and current practice in the field of Space Engineering. Course content will include a variety of topics in the area of orbital mechanics, satellite systems and launch requirements. Case studies of current systems will be the focus of this unit.
Assumed Knowledge: ENGG1801. First Year Maths and basic MATLAB programming skills.
Lecturer/s: Dr Auld, Douglass
Timetable: AERO2705 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 12
3 Independent Study 4.00
T&L Activities: Tutorial: 2hr duration sessions. Problem solving and assignment completion will be the focus of these sessions.

Independent Study: An equivalent amount of independent study to review and learn concepts, research information for assignments will be required.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Open ended project work is incorporated into several assignments to encourage design work and problem solving skills. Design (Level 3)
Introductory material unique to the Space Engineering field will be covered in the later assignments. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
All assignments will build on the basics of dynamics, equations of motion and system solutions to problems. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
Students will be required to research deeply for details that will allow completion of their design projects. Information Seeking (Level 2)
Presentation of findings will be a component of the 3rd assignment. Communication (Level 2)
Case studies are used to reinforce the details of best and worst practice in this field. Professional Conduct (Level 2)
Teamwork skills are the focus of the 3rd assignment. Project and Team Skills (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 3)
1. Students will be able to carry out a simple satellite design project and present their findings both in report form and verbally.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
2. Ability to use appropriate instrumentation to suit measurement and analysis needs for a wide range of satellite operational problems.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
3. Ability to identify and predict various orbits and trajectories for space craft.
Information Seeking (Level 2)
4. Ability to research and discover relevant information for the design and analysis of Space vehicles.
Communication (Level 2)
5. Students will be able to organise and present their findings to a peer group.
Professional Conduct (Level 2)
6. Students will become aware of the regulatory and liability requirements relating to all aspects of the Space industry.
Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
7. Ability to work as a team member on a project and abiltiy to distribute workload evenly amongst members.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment No 15.00 Week 5 (Friday, 5 pm) 3, 4, 6,
2 Assignment No 15.00 Week 9 (Friday, 5 pm) 1, 3, 4, 6,
3 Assignment Yes 15.00 Week 12 (Friday, 5 pm) 2, 3, 4, 6,
4 Presentation/Seminar Yes 5.00 Week 13 1, 5, 7,
5 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 6,
Assessment Description: Assignment: Analysis and simulation of Launch Systems, Calculation of simple orbital trajectories using standard equations of motion.

Assignment: Prediction of complex orbital trajectories. Numerical integration for prediction and correction of satellite positions.

Assignment: Analysis of satellite components. Data communications requirements.

Presentation/Seminar: Oral presentation of the design completed in conjunction with assignment 4

Final Exam: Test of the understanding of concepts, calculation methods and design requirements presented during semester.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content:

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction. Terminology and basic concepts.
Week 2 Launch systems. Basic principles of rocket motors.
Week 3 Kepler's laws of motion. circular and elliptical orbits.
Week 4 Orbital transfers. Applications for LEO, GEO, MEO
Week 5 Basic Space Law and legislative issues; The Outer Space Treaty; The Space Activities Act.
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 6 Complex orbital trajectories. Interplanetary transfers.
Week 7 Electromagnetic Environment of Space.

Electronics in the Space Environment, data acquisition systems; filtering; signal processing, amplification and signal transmission.
Week 8 Digital systems, A/D conversion, signal post processing; mean; standard deviation; analysis using FFT's; Encoding and decoding, error detection and correction. Long distance communication techniques.
Week 9 Spacecraft subsystems; attitude control, structures, thermal loading, mechanisms, power generation and storage, propulsion;
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 10 Standard satellite measurement systems.
Week 11 Vehicle stability and control.
Week 12 Examples of best and worst practice.
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 13 Revision.
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical (Space) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical (Space) 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Arts 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Commerce 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Medical Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Law 2015
Mechanical (Space) 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Arts 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Commerce 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Medical Science 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Science 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Law 2015
Mechatronic (Space) 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Arts 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Commerce 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Medical Science 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Project Management 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Science 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Law 2015
Mechanical (Space) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic (Space) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical 2016
Aeronautical / Arts 2016
Aeronautical / Commerce 2016
Aeronautical / Medical Science 2016
Aeronautical / Music Studies 2016
Aeronautical / Project Management 2016
Aeronautical / Science 2016
Aeronautical / Law 2016
Mechanical 2016
Mechanical / Arts 2016
Mechanical / Commerce 2016
Mechanical / Medical Science 2016
Mechanical / Music Studies 2016
Mechanical / Project Management 2016
Mechanical / Science 2016
Mechanical / Law 2016
Mechatronic 2016
Mechatronic / Arts 2016
Mechatronic / Commerce 2016
Mechatronic / Medical Science 2016
Mechatronic / Music Studies 2016
Mechatronic / Project Management 2016
Mechatronic / Science 2016
Mechatronic / Law 2016

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 3) Yes 17.5%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 16.25%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 25%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 12.5%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 2.5%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) Yes 25%
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 1.25%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.