Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics

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    Space Technology

    A tantárgy neve magyarul / Name of the subject in Hungarian: Űrtechnológia

    Last updated: 2017. május 23.

    Budapest University of Technology and Economics
    Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics
    Electrical Engineering
    Course ID Semester Assessment Credit Tantárgyfélév
    VIHVAC05 6 2/1/0/v 4  
    3. Course coordinator and department Dr. Csurgai-Horváth László,
    Web page of the course
    4. Instructors

    Dr. László Csurgai-Horváth

    associate professor

    HVT, BME

    5. Required knowledge


    Digital Design

    6. Pre-requisites
    Szakirany("AVINnagyfr", _)
    VAGY Training.code=("5NAA7")
    VAGY Training.code=("5NAM7")

    A fenti forma a Neptun sajátja, ezen technikai okokból nem változtattunk.

    A kötelező előtanulmányi rendek grafikus formában itt láthatók.


    Electronics 1 BMEVIHIA205

    Digital Design 1 BMEVIIIA105

    7. Objectives, learning outcomes and obtained knowledge

    This subject is an overview of engineering, design, construction, testing and operation of electronic systems for space. Nevertheless, this knowledge is well applicable also in design of high reliability terrestrial equipments that are operating under extreme environmental conditions. System concepts of big space structures like satellites and probes and the problems of smaller units are also discussed. The theory and practice of space communications, the design and parts selection for high reliability electronics, the effects of interplanetary space and radiation, the mechanical construction problems and space related analogue and digital electronics are also highlighted. The lectures are extended with practice to deepen the knowledge and resolve practical problems.

    8. Synopsis

    1. Introduction
    2. The space environment: conditions in space
    3. Orbits: satellite orbits, theory and practice
    4. Propulsion: in-orbit placement and orbital corrections
    5. Structure and mechanisms: materials and theis physical properties
    6. Power: generation, storage and control
    7. Spacecraft thermal control
    8. Attitude control: stabilization, orbital maneuvres
    9. Communication 1.: radio propagation
    10. Communication 2.: satellite communication
    11. Antenna and link budget calculations in practice
    12. Propagation statistics and modelling with examples
    13. Digital circuits for space 1.: component selection, environmental effects
    14. Digital circuits for space 2.: onboard computer and data collection
    15. Digital design, design considerations for space
    16. FPGA in space
    17. FPGA design example
    18. Onboard communication: serial communication types
    19. PC/104 technology and space applications
    20. Cubesat/Microsat design examples
    21. Case study: a data collection system for small satellite
    22. Digital design in the Rosetta Lander project
    23. The GPS system
    24. Reliability: requirements and calculations
    25. Midterm test
    26. The Alphasat propagation experiment
    27. The Alphasat communication experiment
    28. Writing an ESA proposal / Visiting of the Alphasat receiver station in BME



    9. Method of instruction

    Weekly 2 lecture hours and 1 hour practice.

    10. Assessment

    During the term:

    Obtain the mid-semester mark by writing the mid-semester test achieving at least the mark “sufficient”.


    In the examination period: 

    Written exam.

    11. Recaps An opportunity of a supplementary mid-semester test is provided in case of an unsuccessful mid-semester test in the term period. During the repeat period one additional supplementary mid-semester test can be written.
    12. Consultations Personal discussion with the lecturer.
    13. References, textbooks and resources Gary D. Gordon, Walter L. Morgan:
    Principles of Communications Satellites
    Wiley, ISBN: 978-0-471-55796-8
    Wilfried Ley, Klaus Wittmann and Willi Hallmann (ed):
    Handbook of Space Technology
    Wiley, ISBN: 978-0-470-69739-9
    14. Required learning hours and assignment
    Contact hours42
    Preparation for classes12
    Preparation for practices


    Preparation for laboratories 0
    Preparation for tests10
    Self-studying of course materials


    Preparation of homework0
    Preparation for exam32
    15. Syllabus prepared by Dr. László Csurgai-Horváth 
    associate professor
    IMSc program

    There is no separated course for IMSc education, but additional consultation is ensured for the students. IMSc scores can be gained by solving the IMSc task on the test an during the written examination. Furtheremore an extra homework task is available to acquire additional IMSc scores.


    IMSc score

    According to the credit number of the subject 20 IMSc scores can be gained (15 points during the semester and 5 points on the exam):

    • IMSc task on the test: 5 points
    • Extra IMSc homework: 10 points   
    • Exam IMSc task: 5 points

    During the test and exam IMSc scores can be gained by solving the IMSc task. This task is only evaluated if the result of the base exercises has grade (5). 

    By submitting an extra IMSc homework by the end of the replacement week additional 10 points can be gained. The points are given only if the final result of the student is excellent (5).


    Getting IMSc scores also ensured for students not attending on the course.