UCL Centre for Systems Engineering


Space Systems

VA211 lift off

GMES Sentinel 2

Hylas 1 Generic Flexible Payload

Space suit

MapCase Ski App

image credits: ESA

The value of space satellite systems, and the services that they enable, underpin many commercial and social activities, for example providing communications, navigation, weather forecasting, disaster mitigation and understanding of climate change.

The economic value of the space sector is forecast to grow to £400bn by 2030 and is a key growth target in many countries, employing tens of thousands of highly skilled workers.

Target audience


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This course will be particularly relevant to:

  • Anyone who works within, aspires to work in, or interfaces with the space sector looking for a wider understanding of the sector and the issues to be tackled in developing space based systems and services
  • Anyone who wishes to understand the implementation issues associated with space systems

18th - 22nd May 2015

The course is run in London on the UCL campus

Each day runs from 09:15 to 17:45 (with an earlier finish on Friday)

The standard cost for the course is £1861. A discount is available to delegates attending their first 1-week course with UCLSe

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Understanding the Space Sector

The purpose of the course is to provide the delegate with a broad understanding of the space sector through an exploration of the importance of the sector (socially, economically and politically) and an investigation of its relevance in the context of systems engineering

It considers the various systems involved in earth observation, science, telecommunications, navigation as well as human spaceflight. It looks at the unique aspects of operating systems in space and the implications on the development of those systems. It also looks at the applications which make use of space assets to deliver services of value to users. 

This 5 day course is one of the modules that can be taken as a stand-alone course from the MSc in Systems Engineering Management. Further information on the content of the course can be found on the Space Systems module page or register your interest above and request the one page course summary.


This course is taught by various members of the Technology Management Group with a mixture of academic and industrial experience. The course director is Ian Raper. Prior to joining UCL in 2012 Ian worked for 11 years at Astrium Satellites (now Airbus Defence and Space), including a two year secondment to the International Space Innovation Centre (now the Satellite Applications Catapult).

The course includes sessions delivered by industry and research and technology organisations.