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AERO4701: Space Engineering 3 (2019 - 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: Dr Wu, Xiaofeng
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit: http://www.aeromech.usyd.edu.au/AERO3760/
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 aims to develop practical knowledge in the area of space systems engineering. Students will develop design skills in hardware and software by working on a mock-up satellite in groups. The best satellite design will be selected to test in the near-space environment with a high altitude balloon/student rocket launch.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Timetable: AERO4701 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Practical Experience 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 6.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Practical Experience: During the practicals the students will design a mock-up satellite by building the satellite bus subsystems.

Independent Study: The average student is expected to spend at least 6 hours on this UoS per week, outside of the standard contact hours. Students have spent more time in the past focusing on their practical work in order to achieve high results.

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
Design space systems to specification and assess the performance of the design. Design (Level 5)
Knowledge of a wide range of spacecraft design problems ranging from single payloads to a whole spacecraft. Understanding of the engineering aspects of spacecraft and mission design. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
An ability to gather, manage, integrate and critique information attained from various sources in order ascertain the relevant information required for the identification, formulation and solution of a problem within the engineering context. Information Seeking (Level 4)
An ability to communicate effectively, clearly and concisely ideas, concepts and solutions to both technical and non-technical audiences. Communication (Level 4)
Log book recording skills and documentation of the design process. Professional Conduct (Level 4)
A commitment to, and fundamental appreciation of, the concept of successful teamwork and the ability to communicate effectively, clearly and concisely as a team leader or member of the group. Project and Team Skills (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

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 5)
1. Knowledge of system engineering aspects of designing spacecraft.
2. Knowledge of Spacecraft Bus Subsystems & Design;
3. Ability to perform Space Mission Analysis & Design
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
4. Knowledge of the Space Environment & its Effects.
5. Knowledge of Applications of Small, Low-Cost Satellites.
Communication (Level 4)
6. Ability to communicate the design philosophy as well as the results.
Professional Conduct (Level 4)
7. Document the design process in sufficient detail that another engineer can continue on with the work just by going through the log book.
Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
8. Ability to design as a team of engineers.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Preliminary Design Review Yes 30.00 Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8,
2 Critical Design Review Yes 40.00 Week 10 2, 4, 5, 7, 8,
3 Assembly, Integration and Test Yes 30.00 Week 13 2, 3, 4, 5, 7,
Assessment Description: 1. The students will perform the preliminary design given the requirements; Each will submit a preliminary design review report based on the preliminary designs (20% of the course mark);

2. Each group will give a presentation based on the preliminary design (10% of the course mark);

3. The students will submit a critical design review report based on the mock-up satellite hardware and software designs and functional testing results (30% of the course mark);

4. Each group will give a presentation based on the critical design (10% of the course mark);

5. The students will build a mock-up satellite by assembly, integration and test of the preliminary design with real hardware and software (20% of the course mark);

6. Each group will submit an Assembly, Integration and Test report (10%);

7. Peer assessement will be used to determine each student's final mark.

The best satellite design may be selected for a high altitude balloon/student rocket launch.
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.
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: http://www.aeromech.usyd.edu.au/AERO3760/

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 and System Engineering
Week 2 Preliminary Design Practice / Guest Lecture
Week 3 Preliminary Design Practice / Guest Lecture
Week 4 Preliminary Design Practice / Guest Lecture
Week 5 Preliminary Design Review (Group Presentation)
Assessment Due: Preliminary Design Review
Week 6 Satellite Subsystem Design / Guest Lecture
Week 7 Satellite Subsystem Design / Guest Lecture
Week 8 Satellite Subsystem Design / Guest Lecture
Week 9 Satellite Subsystem Design / Guest Lecture
Week 10 Satellite Subsystem Design / Guest Lecture
Assessment Due: Critical Design Review
Week 11 Satellite Assembly and Functional Testing
Week 12 Satellite Assembly and Functional Testing
Week 13 Critical Design Review (Group Presentation)
Assessment Due: Assembly, Integration and Test
STUVAC (Week 14) This week is left free.
Exam Period No exam is required.

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, 2020
Aeronautical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Aeronautical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Aeronautical / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Aeronautical / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechanical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechanical / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/Science(Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechatronic 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Mechatronic / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Mechatronic / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 5) Yes 35%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 31%
Information Seeking (Level 4) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 4) Yes 6%
Professional Conduct (Level 4) Yes 17%
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 11%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.