AERO4701: Space Engineering 3 (2018 - Semester 1)

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Unit: AERO4701: Space Engineering 3 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Mr Holmes, Warwick
Dr Bryson, Mitch
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: [65% average in ([must have passed AERO3760] AND ((AERO3460 AND AERO3360 AND AERO3560) OR (MECH3660 AND ((MECH3261 AND MECH3361) OR (AMME3500 AND MTRX3700)))))]. Students must have achieved a 65% average mark in 3rd year for enrolment in this unit.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study covers a range of fundamental and applied topics in space engineering systems including satellite orbit determination, satellite attitude determination, satellite positioning systems, satellite electrical and communications subsystems and manned spaceflight. Students will learn to recognise and appreciate the coupling between the different elements of space system design. Students will learn to use this system knowledge and basic design principles to design and test a solution to problems including space estimation and control tasks, subsystem operation and subsystem design.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Mr Holmes, Warwick
Dr Bryson, Mitch
Tutor/s: Ying Luo
Timetable: AERO4701 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 4.00 1 13

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
Students will work on implementing solutions to estimation and control tasks involving the design of different algorithms and systems. Students will develop skills in analysing mission constraints and requirements in aerospace remote sensing missions and modelling how design choices influence how errors propagate through a system during inference tasks. Design (Level 4)
Students will apply estimation and control design theory to a number of key problems in aerospace engineering such as satellite attitude and orbit determination systems, satellite navigation systems, satellite electrical and communication subsystems and manned space flight. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5)
Students will develop expertise in the fundamental principles and applications of estimation methods including the use of linear and non-linear least squares approximations for various engineering tasks. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
Students will be required to conduct their own literature search in studying past solutions to example problems and draw upon this knowledge during their own design process. Information Seeking (Level 4)

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.

Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5)
1. The ability to recognize and appreciate the coupling between the different elements within an estimation and control task, such as satellite remote sensing and orbit transfer, from a systems-theoretic perspective.
2. Understanding of satellite electrical, power and communication subsystems, their operation and design considerations.
3. Understanding of operational considerations for human spaceflight and systems supporting human spaceflight.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
4. The ability to apply learned techniques in estimation and control theory to solving a wide range of different problems in engineering.
Design (Level 4)
5. The ability to use this system knowledge and basic design principles to design and test a solution to a given problems in satellite subsystem design.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment 1 * No 20.00 Week 3 1, 4,
2 Assignment 2 * No 30.00 Week 7 1, 4, 5,
3 Weekly Quizzes (weeks 9,10,11) No 25.00 Multiple Weeks 3, 5,
4 Assignment 3 * No 25.00 Week 13 2, 5,
Assessment Description: There are three assignments throughout the course that will involve technical written reports and the development of simulation code.

During weeks 9, 10 and 11 there will be in-class quizzes.

The text-based similarity detecting software (Turnitin) is used within this course.
Assessment Feedback: Feedback on assessment tasks and quizzes will be provided during lectures and tutorials.
Grading:
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 http://sydney.edu.au/policies . 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 http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to estimation in aerospace applications: Remote sensing and navigation systems, overview of sensors and systems.
Week 2 Orbital Mechanics and Space Geometry: Aerospace frames of reference, Keplerian orbital mechanics, orbital perturbations.
Week 3 Introduction to Estimation and Least Squares: Linear least squares, constrained and weighted least squares, non-linear least squares.
Assessment Due: Assignment 1 *
Week 4 Global Navigation Satellite Systems: Introduction to GPS, signals and message structure, orbit geometry, orbit calculation using almanac and ephemeris data, error sources, GPS accuracy quantification, dilution of precision,
Week 5 Attitude Determination Systems (ADS): Attitude representations, magnetic sensing, sun/star tracking, horizon scanners, sensor modelling and error simulation, ADS methods, least squares for ADS.
Week 6 Orbit determination: alternative models for orbit prediction, initial orbit determination, orbit refinement using non-linear least squares
Week 7 Satellite Electrical Subsystem Design I
Assessment Due: Assignment 2 *
Week 8 Satellite Electrical Subsystem Design II
Week 9 Human Spaceflight I
Week 10 Human Spaceflight II
Week 11 Human Spaceflight III
Week 12 Satellite Power and Communication Subsystems I
Week 13 Satellite Power and Communication Subsystems II
Assessment Due: Assignment 3 *

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 Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Aeronautical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Aeronautical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Aeronautical / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Aeronautical / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Aeronautical / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Aeronautical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Aeronautical / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Aeronautical / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Aeronautical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019
Aeronautical / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechanical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechanical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechanical / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechanical / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechanical / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechanical / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechanical/Science(Health) 2018, 2019
Mechanical / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechatronic Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechatronic 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechatronic / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechatronic / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechatronic / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Mechatronic / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Mechatronic / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechatronic / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechatronic/Science (Health) 2018, 2019
Mechatronic / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechanical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Mechatronic/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5) Yes 47.5%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 20%
Design (Level 4) Yes 32.5%
Information Seeking (Level 4) Yes 0%

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.