autumn 2022
FYS-3000 Introduction to satellite and rockets techniques and space instrumentations - 10 ECTS

Type of course

The course will only be taught if there is a sufficient number of students. Are you interested in following the course, please contact the student advisor as soon as possible.

Course content

The course covers satellite and rocket technology at an introductory level that include the basic components of a satellite (payloads, busses, attitude control, telemetry, etc.), satellite mission classification and analysis, planetary celestial mechanics applied to spacecraft and satellites, rocket propulsion technology and telecommunications.The primary requisites for this course are mechanics that includes Newton's gravitation theory and rigid body rotation and mathematics at the calculus level. Elementary knowledge on the operation of electronic technology and devices will be useful.

Recommended prerequisites

FYS-1001 Mechanics, MAT-1002 Calculus 2

Objectives of the course

Knowledge - The student can:

  • describe satellite technology with regard to elementary physical principles (e.g. satellite and spacecraft orbits) and the technologies employed in the construction and operation of satellites (e.g., propulsion, attitude control, telemetry, etc.)
  • explain satellite and spacecraft missions from inception to launch to operation and decommissioning
  • explain the use of satellites and spacecraft to accomplish well known categories of missions (e.g., communication, navigation, remote Earth monitoring and others)
  • explain rocket propulsion technologies

Skills - The student can:

  • participate in satellite and rocket projects and missions
  • utilize satellites and rockets for the investigation and research of the near Earth environment

General expertise - The student can:

  • continue studies of more specialized and advanced courses on satellite/rocket technology and/or applications
  • understand space weather the nature of the environment where satellites and spacecraft operate
  • appreciate the importance of space and space technologies for the proper functioning of our modern and global society

Language of instruction and examination

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 40 hours Exercises: 40 hours

The course might include a field trip to Andøya Space Center.


Examination: Date: Grade scale:
Oral exam 28.11.2022 08:00
A–E, fail F
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Re-sit examination

There is no access to a re-sit examination in this course
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: FYS-3000
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