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EF2262 Data Handling Systems for Satellites 6.0 credits

The course gives an overview of satellite data systems, focusing on understanding their function, component architecture, interfaces and data structures.

About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

Target group

Open to all programmes as long as it can be included in your programme.

Part of programme

Master's Programme, Aerospace Engineering, åk 1, Optional

Master's Programme, Aerospace Engineering, åk 1, RMD, Optional


P3 (6.0 hp)


14 Jan 2025
16 Mar 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus EF2262 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Functions, components and structure of data management systems on board on satellites (on-board computers, memory, maximum load, subsystems etc)
  • Interface (such as UART, I2C, SPI, CAN, SpaceWire, MIL-STD-1553, RS422/RS485, LVDS/MLVDS) and their electrophysical aspects (earthing, EMC)
  • Ombordsprogramvara, error detection and error handling (FDIR), redundancy
  • Standards in data structures (CCSDS)

Practical items in the course include labs where students should build up and operate datahanteringssystem with hardware and software according to current standard.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the students should be able to:

  • describe the functions of data management systems for satellites
  • give an account of basic parts/components of data management systems
  • give an account of most commonly occurring interface in satellite system and describe their electrophysical aspects
  • give an account of methods for error detection and error handling in satellite data management systems
  • give an account of common standards in space data
  • put up and use a model data management systems
  • work with technical documents.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Knowledge and skills in programming, 5 higher education credits, equivalent completed course DD1310-DD1318/DD1331/DD1337.

The upper secondary course English B/English 6.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB2 - Laboratory work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Oral exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: