Next Module Delivery
24th - 28th March 2014
|Example 5-Day intensive module|
Centre for Systems Engineering
3 Taviton St.,
London, WC1H 0BT, UK
T. 020 7679 4522,
F. 020 7679 4911
Opportunities in Space
The value of space satellite systems, and the services that they enable, underpin many commercial and social activities, providing communications, navigation, weather forecasting, disaster mitigation and understanding of climate change. The direct benefits of space (whether economic or societal) are principally delivered through innovative ‘downstream’ applications and services. These downstream benefits can be many times the value of the direct investment in a particular space technology or mission. Current opportunities for investment to reduce risk and proof-of-concept demonstration include:
‣ Small satellite technologies, including ‘formation flying’ of constellations of affordable small satellites which can be used flexibly;
‣ Future communications technologies, including highpower components for antennas and receivers, and encryption;
‣ Satellite and spacecraft ‘payload’ technologies, including instrumentation, image gathering and the related signal-processing applications;
‣ Systems for surveillance of space, to monitor critical space infrastructure for vulnerabilities from natural and man-made factors, for example Near Earth Objects,
space weather and debris, and mitigate such effects;
‣ Opportunities for exploiting low-cost, responsive, and commercial propulsion and launch capabilities.
Space Systems Module Objectives
The purpose of the module is to provide the delegate with a broad understanding of the space sector through exploring why the space sector is important, socially,
economically and politically, and why it is relevant to study in the context of
systems engineering. This is achieved first through examining the institutional
and industrial landscape of organisations involved in space projects. The
module then looks at the implementation of systems engineering lifecycles and methodologies
to space systems. Space systems primarily include launchers, spacecraft
(including manned space flight) and the ground segment which monitors, controls
and make use of the services provided by the system. The module provides an
understanding of the unique challenges of the environment in which spacecraft
operate and the impacts this has on the system engineering activities to ensure
a robust design. It also looks at the applications which make use of space
assets to deliver services of value to the users.
Mullard Space Science Laboratory
This module is delivered by the staff of the UCL Centre for Systems Engineering which sits within UCL's Department of Space and Climate Physics, (Mullard Space Science Laboratory - MSSL).
MSSL is a world-leading research organisation and is the UK's largest university-based space research group. MSSL delivers a broad, cutting-edge science programme, underpinned by a strong capability in space science instrumentation, space-domain engineering, space medicine, systems engineering and project management.
Our scientific research ranges from cosmology and the study of extra-galactic objects, to studies of the Sun, the planets and their moons, the Earth, and humans working and living in space. We also research and develop the next generation of space instrumentation. Our research is supported through UK research councils, the UK Space Agency, European and other grants and contracts.
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