Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Space Systems Engineering

Overall Course Objectives

The course aims at teaching a fundamental and holistic approach to the field of systems engineering that applies specifically to complex high-tech industries, like the aerospace industry. The field of systems engineering is highly multidisciplinary, requiring a broad knowledge base and experience to draw from. For complex and wide-ranging projects, like a spacecraft mission, to succeed, a systems engineer’s key role and methods are essential to make ends meet and fulfil a mission’s requirements.

Learning Objectives

  • explain the fundamental concepts of system engineering and the role of a system engineer – also in an organizational innovation context where knowledge from multiple engineering disciplines is applied and incorporated in system engineering
  • list the elements of a project’s/program’s life cycle, and explain the role of the stakeholders – including customers’ role in a commercial context
  • understand how system requirements drive the design, cost, schedule, testing, verification, validation and operation of a system
  • formulate a set of driving requirements to fulfill the needs of stakeholders/customer and customers in a market
  • assess the impact of a change request to a project requirement
  • calculate an error budget and critically assess the driving requirement
  • assess failure mechanism for a system, and identify critical path of project development
  • execute the methodology of system engineering processes
  • perform trade studies and compare pros and cons for optimal system realization

Course Content

The course consists of two parts: The lecture hours, where the theory, processes and methods for systems engineering are taught, and the group work part, where the students will solve assignments with a focus on applying the methods of system engineering to a given spacecraft project, to bring a project successfully towards a critical design review.

Recommended prerequisites

30300, Recommended to have completed course 30300 Introduction to spacecraft systems and design, or 30320 Spacecraft Instrumentation Systems, providing a foundation of knowledge for use in this course. Course 30320 is well suited to take in parallel with this course.

Teaching Method

Lectures and group work during the 13-week spring period.


Limited number of seats

Maximum: 60.

Please be aware that this course has a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 30310
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Wed 8-12

7.500,00 DKK

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