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EF2264 Operation of Space Systems 6.0 credits

The subject of the course is operations of space systems, including physical principles and established methods for communications with spacecraft, architechture of radiosystems and their testing, the architecture and functions of satellite ground station, operational phases of space systems.

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For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 17 Mar 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus EF2264 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Basics in signal and communication theory
  • Modulation/demodulation
  • Structure of radio communication systems and their performance
  • Practical calculation of satellite orbits
  • Link budget and link design
  • Function and structure of satellite ground stations
  • Operation phases of space systems

Practical items in the course include labs where students use satellilte ground stations to

- receive data from existing satellites in orbit

- decide orbital parameters from observations of satellites

- receive bilddata from satellites.

In addition to this includes labs that include practical testing of RF systems. 

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students should be able to

  • give an account of physical principles and established methods for communication with space vehicles
  • give an account of modulation and encoding of radio links
  • use a link budget for design of space systems
  • give an account of the structure of a ground station
  • analyse preconditions for operation of rymdsystem based on the position of the ground station and the satellite orbits
  • give an account of the operations phases of the satellite from lanch to decomissioning
  • carry out basic tests of satellite communication systems

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The upper secondary course English B/English 6.

Knowledge in signals and systems, 6 higher education credits, equivalent to completed course EQ1110/SD2125.

Knowledge in classical physics, 7.5 higher education credits, equivalent to completed course SK1108/SK1112.

Knowledge in electric measuring techniques, 6 higher education credits, equivalent to completed course EK1191/MF1017.

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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Mykola Ivchenko (

Supplementary information

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