Introduction to Space Technology (ENS 303)

2023 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Engineering Sciences(ENS)
Emrah Kalemci,
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Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,On-line task/distance,Studio work/practice
Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Project based learning,Task based learning
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The objective of this course is to introduce the basics of space technology, focused especially on principles of satellite/payload design, propulsion, control, power, thermal issues. Space environment, payload design with radiation hardness will be discussed. The course also includes a general overview of applications that are available with space science like GPS, Earth Observing, and Astronomy.


The objective of the course is to teach fundamentals of spacecraft design and subsystems, and have students come up with a cubesat idea and realize the idea up to the Preliminary Design Review level.


  • Identify possible applications of space systems
  • Differentiate between top-level requirements and functional requirements of a spacecraft and identify constraints related to the entire design
  • List the subsystems of a spacecraft and describe their main functions.
  • Propose a trade-off scenario between different subsystems of a spacecraft.
  • Identify satellite orbits and differentiate the impact of the orbit on satellite functions and operations.
  • Distinguish between the space environment and the Earth environment to analyze the impact of the space environment on the satellite design.
  • Work as a group to analyze the assigned project part/subsystem and provide steps to complete the assignment.
  • Synthesize information from other groups to incorporate own project assignment in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Provide findings in meetings and in a project management software


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 1

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 4

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 4

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 3

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 5

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 5

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 4

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 4

4. Have the ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 5

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 2

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 4

7. Possess knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; knowledge of behavior according to ethical principles, understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 1

8. Have the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions. 5

1. Use mathematics (including derivative and integral calculations, probability and statistics, differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables and discrete mathematics), basic sciences, computer and programming, and electronics engineering knowledge to (a) Design and analyze complex electronic circuits, instruments, software and electronics systems with hardware/software or (b) Design and analyze communication networks and systems, signal processing algorithms or software 4

1. Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 3

2. Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 3

3. Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 4


  Percentage (%)
Quiz 17
Participation 30
Group Project 53



Introduction to Space Sciences and Spacecraft Applications, ISBN-10: 0884154114
Space Vehicle and Design, ISBN-10: 1563475391

Optional Readings

A variety of optional readings are given in SuCourse