Space Science and Technology

Pääaine suomeksi: Avaruustiede- ja tekniikka
Huvudämne på svenska:  Rymdfysik och -teknik
Code: ELEC3039
Credits: 65 ECTS 
Responsible professors:  Anne Lähteenmäki, Esa Kallio, Jaan Praks and Tuija Pulkkinen.

Objectives and learning outcomes

In the only space science and technology major in Finland you can engage yourself in research challenges ranging from the birth of our universe to the physics of solar system dynamics, or in a rapidly growing number of services such as weather forecasts, navigation and telecommunication services, and environmental monitoring. Nanosatellite technologies have skyrocketing prospects to gain access to space at low cost and short time. Here you can join in high-profile space and science projects, get international experience, and learn team work and project management skills.    

We have four focus areas: space technology, Earth observation, space physics and radio astronomy. These include, for example, building of satellite systems and space instruments, microwave instruments and techniques on airborne and spaceborne platforms for Earth observation, space weather satellite observations and numerical simulations of the Earth and other solar system objects, and r adio astronomical techniques, and the study of active galactic nuclei and galactic objects. The student can choose the study field(s) according to her/his academic or career interests. 

Upon completion of the space science and technology major the student will be prepared for graduate education in one of the focus areas or for work in large space organizations, or for work in the industry or the public sector. The student will be familiar with space as environment for instruments and science, and people and the society, and what are the basic physical principles governing the processes in Earth observation, space physics, and radio astronomy. Furthermore, the student will be able to design and build functional space systems and carry out space research and instrumentation projects, and do science with the results. 

Content of the major

Code

Course

ECTS

Teaching period

Compulsory courses  common for the Programme; 25 ects

 

ELEC-E0100  

Introduction to Master’s Studies at Aalto Elec

0

I-II

ELEC-E4110

Introduction to Nano and Radio sciences

5

I-II

ELEC-E3120

Mathematical methods

5

I-II

ELEC-E4130

Electromagnetic fields

5

I-II

ELEC-E3140

Semiconductor Physics

5

I-II

ELEC-E3150

Analysis and Design of Electronic Circuits

5

I-II

Compulsory  courses for this Major; 20 ects 

ELEC-E4210

Introduction to space

5

 III and IV

ELEC-E4220

Space instrumentation L

5

 I and II

ELEC-E4230

Microwave Earth observation instrumentation L

5

 I and II

ELEC-E4240

Satellite systems L

5

 IV and V

Choose two  compulsory courses out of the following three; 10 ects

ELEC-E4510

Earth observation L

5

III and IV

ELEC-E4520

Space physics L

5

IV and V

ELEC-E4530

Radio astronomy L

5

I and II

Elective courses; 10 ects

 

ELEC-E4530

Radio astronomy L

5

 I and II

ELEC-E4510

Earth observation L

5

 III and IV

ELEC-E4520

Space physics L

5

 IV and V

ELEC-E4920

Space technology project

5 - 10

 All periods

ELEC-E4930

Special assignment in space science and technology

5 - 10

 All periods

ELEC-E4420

Microwave Engineering I (from the Radio science and engineering major)

5

 III-IV

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