Single-Course English 10 ECTS

Spacecraft Instrumentation Systems

Overall Course Objectives

To enable the student to design and verify complex Aero-space instrumentation systems. The course emphasizes standard design drivers such as quality, precision, longevity, robustness and industrial norms and standards. To enable conceptual verification, the students must realize critical parts of their designs in the laboratory. The theories, techniques and methods learned are common to aerospace, medico-techniques, military electronics, robotics etc.

Learning Objectives

  • design a instrumentation system for space use
  • derive relevant design drivers from a suite of requirements
  • derive an adequate design from mission specification and drivers
  • analyse and rank different designs with respect to PA aspects
  • analyse and rank different designs with respect to QA aspects
  • analyse a given instrument with respect to relevant consumables for the application
  • analyse and quantify the design arrived with respect to performance
  • optimize the achieved design wrt. robustness and autonomy of operation
  • optimize the chosen design wrt. choise of components and parts vis-a-vis the space environment
  • optimize a design for ruggedness wrt. launch and space operation
  • design a test and verification strategy for the chosen design.

Course Content

The course is sectioned into two parts: The lecture hours, where the theory, standards and methods are taught, and a laboratory part, where teams of students form study groups that solve practical assignments.

These assignments are all derived from the international satellite projects in which the department participates, why it is the intention that the designs are to be used for later missions. Therefore, the assignments include both system engineering, robustness and space-hardening aspects, as well as instrumentation aspects.

Recommended prerequisites

30020/30330, Digital or analogue system design experience is desirable.

Teaching Method

Lectures and laboratory work on teams 1 afternoon pr. week. Lectures in 2A and exercises in 2B.



At the start of the semester, the students will be presented with a problem complex, i.e., that year’s topic. The students will be asked to form teams that together cover the field in such a way that the problem complex is well covered. Each student will join a team based on experience, personal preferences, education and skills.

Limited number of seats

Maximum: 20.

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 30320
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Mon 13-17, Thurs 8-12

15.000,00 DKK

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