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MSc Space Track

Master kick-off september 2016

Presentation for new MSc students.


Space Flight

This track focuses on space engineering and space exploration. It covers a broad field, ranging from satellite engineering, space systems engineering, orbital mechanics, instrumentation, launchers and propulsion to mission analysis, remote sensing, planetary exploration and scientific interpretation of satellite observation data. Astronautics is quite different from aeronautics because each space mission is uniquely designed to perform a specific task related to its operational or scientific objectives. This requires an "end-to-end" approach where the objectives drive the design of the mission and data processing is an integral part of the mission. Within this track, you are offered opportunities to participate in ongoing engineering and scientific projects at the participating chairs.

The track consists of two profiles, Space Engineering and Space Exploration. Each profile has a different focus, but they are also interrelated. On the one hand you will become an all-round space professional, but on the other hand you will acquire generic skills that enable you to pursue a career in a broad spectrum of industrial and research environments.

Didactic approach of the MSc Track
The didactic approach is straightforward. It is based on knowledge transfer through dedicated lectures, exercises, literature study or master orientation project, internship and individual MSc thesis project. The participating chairs offer you to associate your MSc thesis projects with ongoing research activities and/or projects.

Learning objectives of the MSc Track
The high-level learning objective is that you will develop skills to carry out an engineering or research project independently and individually. This will be achieved by a highly focused MSc thesis project under strict supervision. The lower-level learning objective is that you will acquire broad knowledge in the field of space and its applications. These objectives will make you a broad aerospace engineer with generally applicable engineering and research skills and with a clear focus area. Experience has shown that all students who selected this profile have made a succesful career in industry, knowledge institutes, agencies and academia both within as well as outside the "space world".

Please note: popularity leads to insufficient capacity at Space Flight
The MSc track Space Flight is popular. In fact, it is that popular that in the coming years we expect to have insufficient Master Thesis supervisory capacity, unfortunately. As a result we cannot guarantee that students will always be free to choose their own topic and supervisor for their graduation project. Students in both profiles – Space Engineering and Space Exploration – will have a personal conversation with the profile coordinator (for Space Engineering)  and theme supervisor (for Space Exploration) at the beginning of their first year to discuss the curriculum and graduation theme. Of course we will do our best to take into account the students’ preferences. 

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