Berlin, Germany

Space Mission Design

online course
when 11 January 2021 - 29 January 2021
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 920

Participants of this course will design a space mission in an interdisciplinary group. They group will choose their own mission idea conduct a feasibility study. Each participant is responsible for one aspect of the mission but must work intensely with all other participants for to be successful. The goal is to prepare and present a full scenario and spacecraft configuration of the space mission. The supervising space engineers guide the participants through the process. They introduce the fundamentals of space technologies in live lectures and train the participants in tools to make the necessary calculations, simulations and trade-offs.

Course Structure:

Reading week: January 4th - January 8th, 2021. Flexible, 5- 10 hours preparatory work to be done on-demand.

Online course: January 11th - January 29th, 2021. Estimated meeting times: Mondays through Fridays. Exact session times will be confirmed once registrations have closed (sessions will be scheduled according to the time zones of the registered course participants). Should you have any questions regarding the course timetable, please contact us at

Please note this is a full-time, intensive course. Weeks 1-3 will involve approximately 30 hours of workload.

Course leader

Cem Avsar graduated in Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin in 2010. He taught numerous space technology related courses, e.g. Satellite Technology, Aerospace Electronics, Aerospace System Design, Space Robotics and many more.

Target group

This course is designed for current university students, working professionals and any individuals with an interest in gaining insights into planning a space mission and working on different aspects of a space mission design project in an interdisciplinary team.

Course aim

After completion of this course the participant shall be able to:

· Recognize the need for different types of space missions

· Describe the space environment

· Apply the space mission design process to a use case

· Describe the most common technologies used in spacecraft

· Plan a space mission, including its mission scenario and spacecraft

· Manage working in an interdisciplinary team

Fee info

EUR 920: Student
EUR 1320: Working professional/Non-student