30h Th, 30h Pr
Number of credits
|Master in aerospace engineering (120 ECTS)||5 crédits|
|Master in space sciences (120 ECTS)||5 crédits|
Language(s) of instruction
Organisation and examination
Teaching in the second semester
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents
Chapter 1: From scientific requirement to instrument specifications
Chapter 2: Space environment and effects on spacecraft
Chapter 3: Mechanical conception
Chapter 4: Thermal design and management
Chapter 5: Detector and Camera
Chapter 6: Optical design
Chapter 7: Instrument calibration and GSE
Chapter 8: Ground segment, data handling, inverse model
Chapter 9: Instrument development - Phases/Risk/ Quality control
Learning outcomes of the learning unit
Understand the concept of space flights and why going to space.
Develop views and capabilities on space system engineering.
Understand the constrains of space experiment .
Understand the space environment and impacts on instrument development
Become aware of unique space applications (already existing + under development).
Get acquainted with specific Space Technologies.
Develop awareness of characteristic numbers and costs.
Develop ability to make simple calculations - understand the order of magnitude.
Be ready to be involved into space development team.
Get acquainted on project management and risk management.
Ready to be creative in a very constrained environment.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills
To acquire more easily the notions of the course, it is recommended (but not required) that the student has the prerequisites
- Heat transfer
- Vibration theory
- Satellite design
- Astrodynamics, celestial mechanics
- Optical Design
- "Transfers of heat and matter," Prof. X
- "Dynamics of mechanical systems" Prof. J-C. Golinval
- "Theory of vibrations," Prof. J-C Golinval
- "Design of satellites," Prof. G. Kerschen
- "Astrodynamics" Prof. G. Kerschen
- "Instrumental optics", Prof. S. Habraken
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)
face to face
Recommended or required readings
Following books could be useful for additional information :
« Spacecraft Systems Engineering », P.Fortescue, J.Stark, G.Swinerd
« Cours de technologie spatiale: Techniques & Technologies des Véhicules Spatiaux » CNES
" Handbook of Space Technology" Wilfried Ley/Klaus Wittmann/Willi Hallmann (Editors)
« Spacecraft Thermal Control Handbook, Vol I : Fundamental Technologies », D.G Gilmore
« Principles of Space Instrument Design », A.M. Cruise, J.A. Bowles, T.J. Patrick, C.V. Goodall
« Spacecraft Structures », J.J Wijker
« Vibration Analysis for Electronic Equipments », D.S Steinberg
« Electronic Imaging in Astronomy ; «Detectors and Instrumentation» Ian s. McLean
« Observing Photons in Space » M.C.E. Huber, A. Pauluhn, J.L. Culhane, et al. Eds.
« Astronomical Optics » Daniel J. Schroeder
« Principles of Optics » Max Born & Emil Wolf
« L'observation en Astrophysique » Pierre Léna, Daniel Rouan,
Assessment methods and criteria
The final rating of the course is based on:
-60% Oral exam: open questions
- 40% collective work: This work is based on CDF approach (Concurrent Design Facility). 20% will be based on personal inputs and 20% on group inputs.
Internships and TFE directly related to different aspects of the courses are regularly proposed at CSL
The lecture is given in the second quadrimester. The lecture room will be provided as soon as possible. Some session will be dedicated to visit "Space center of Liège".
The slides presented during the lecture will be provided at the end of each chapter.
Professor : Jérôme Loicq, Centre Spatial de Liège, University of Liège, Belgium. firstname.lastname@example.org , Tel: +3243824646
Library and Intership Management : Florence Defraigne. email@example.com +3243824600 ext 612