Introduction to space science and technology

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René Hudec (guarantor)
René Hudec (guarantor)
Department of Radioelectronics

Introduction to space sciences and technology on PhD level. Methods and resources of space research and their

applications. Satellites, space probes, space stations, space transportation systems, their development, proposals and

design. Optoelectronic systems for space, onboard systems and payload, space communication and navigation, space

materials and technology. Remote sensing and multispectral images, applications. Space physics, cosmic environment,

cosmic radiation and particles. Ground based segment, tests of space systems, space software, archiving and data reduction,

organization international co-operation.

Syllabus of lectures:

1. . Rockets and launch vehicles, space transportation, principles of ballistics and spaceflight.. Satellite trajectories

and orbits.

2. Management of space projects. Space manned flights. Spaceships and space stations.

3. Space physics. Conditions of the space environment and its specifics. Vacuum. Cosmic rays and particles and

their variations with time and place. Van Allen radiation belts, the magnetosphere, ionosphere, impacts of

micrometeroroids and space debris

4. Astronomy and cosmology. Origin and development of the universe, theory of relativity and quantum physics.

Galaxies, active galaxies, supernovae, pulsars, quasars, gamma ray bursts, redshift, age of the universe. Cosmic

background radiation.

5. Space astronomy and astrophysics. Space observatories.

6. Solar system and planetary research. Solar system and planetary probes, landers and orbiters. Fly by.

7. Introduction to the modern history of astronautics, space research and spaceflight. International cosmic agencies

and international cooperation in space research and space technologies.

8. Space optics. Optoelectronic systems for space. Optical, radio, infra - red, radio, X-ray, and gamma ray telescopes

and systems.

9. Space electronics. Software and programs for spaceflight and space projects. Their specifics and applications

10. Satellite technologies and payloads. Space technology and materials. Their behavior in space (vacuum), charging

and outgasing and optimization. Radiation interaction with the material, radiation effects.

11.Satellites and space probes. Basic categories, applications. Proposals for cosmic missions. Design of satellites and space

probes. Payload of satellites and cosmic probes and their design

12. Tests of cosmic systems and apparatus. Testing conditions and criteria.

13. Space navigation and telecommunication. Remote sensing, types and application. Multispectral images and


14. Ground-based systems for space research. Archiving, reduction, and data analysis from cosmic projects..

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Study materials:


Maimi A. K., Agrawal V.: Satellite technology-principles and applications, 3rd edition, Wiley 2014, ISBN: 978-1-118-


Fortescue P.,Stark J., Swinerd G.: Spacecraft systems engineering, 4td edition, Wiley 2011, ISBN: 978-0-470-75012-4

Tribble, Alan C.: Space Environment Implications for Spacecraft Design. Princeton University Press 2003, ISBN: 978-0-


Pankaj J. Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics. ISBN: 9781439885901, CRC Press 2015

NASA Systems Engineering Handbook Spacecraft Systems Engineering 4th Edition by Peter Fortescue (Editor),


Graham Swinerd (Editor), John Stark (Editor), ISBN: 978-0470750124, Wiley 2005


Rudolf X. Meyer, Elements of Space Technology for Aerospace Engineers ISBN: 978-0-12-492940-1, 2005 Elsevier

Guide to Mitigating Spacecraft Charging Effects. Henry B. Garrett and Albert C. Whittlesey. Jet Propulsion Laboratory

California Institute of Technology, 2011

Fundamentals of Electric Propulsion: Ion and Hall Thrusters, Dan M. Goebel and Ira Katz Jet Propulsion Laboratory

California Institute of Technology JPL Space Science and Technology Series, 2010

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