Educational programmes and courses
Master’s programme in Aerospace Engineering
This Master’s programme offers many space-related courses, and one of the course’s four tracks is RYMD (SPACE). The courses have great breadth, including space technology, space vehicle dynamics, systems integration, space physics, space environment, rocket propulsion, manned space flight, GNSS and remote sensing technology. It is one of the most popular programmes at KTH, especially among exchange students, with normally 70 to 80 new students each year. Christer Fuglesang is is the Programme Coordinator since 2013.
Other space-related courses
There are also a number of courses with a strong space link which are given by researchers and teachers associated with the KTH Space Centre.
The Master’s programme in Electrophysics includes a space track where several courses are given in common with the master’s programme in Aerospace Engineering. A number of space themed courses are given by teachers and researchers connected to KTH Space Centre, for example related to astroparticle physics, space and fusion plasma, propulsion, Earth observation and solar system physics.
Within the Master's programme in Transport and Geoinformation Technology courses in Remote Sensing and GNSS are included. Students can write their master's theses in fields such as Earth observation, GNSS and satellite gravimetry.
Discussions were recently started on instituting a special course for doctoral students with an overall space content
KTH's first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) was given during spring 2016 with the name Human Spaceflight – an Introduction with Christer Fuglesang as teacher. The same course will be given for the third time during autumn 2018. Currently the development of more MOOC courses about space are being discussed.
The Swedish National Space Board (SNSB) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), together with the European Space Agency (ESA), arrange each year a student experiment programme called REXUS/BEXUS. This enables students at universities in ESA member countries to submit experiment proposals. Those who are then selected may implement their ideas in practice and fly their experiment on a sounding rocket (research rocket) or balloon respectively. KTH has participated in the programme on the last seven occasions; on each occasion it has done well in the selection process.
Here you can read more about the REXUS experiments at KTH
The projects with space experiments are interesting, both from the viewpoint of the students’ education and for visibility and contacts within KTH. The projects have attracted students from Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanics, Physics etc. An important part of the REXUS project is “outreach”, where the project has succeeded in reaching out to diverse target groups, ranging from students at KTH and other universities to upper secondary students and the general public.
Many universities in the world have built miniaturised satellites called CubeSats, though none so far in Sweden. KTH Space Centre is now taking the initiative to build a CubeSat. Much of the work will be performed by students in smaller project groups. Project started in 2015 and the experienced project manager Sven Grahn leads the work.