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SD2920 System Integration for Space Technology, Part 1 3.0 credits

This course is the first part of two-part course on space mission system engineering. It includes a simplified mission analysis to determine the duration, Delta-V and fuel mass, including margins. It also include the mission design, mission architecture, functional analysis, product tree, system requirements, preliminary mass, power, data and link budgets, and a plan for sustainabiliy.

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For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SD2920 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Simplified mission analysis to become familiar with the space mission, followed by the development of the requirements matrix, including all necessary requirements according to international standards. The requirements matrices produced in this part will be input for part 2 of the course in system integration for space technology.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing course the student should be able to

  1. Demonstrate ability to, from a holistic perspective, critically, independently and creatively identify, formulate and deal with a space mission.
  2. Demonstrate ability to plan and with adequate methods create a requirements matrix for a space mission within given frames and evaluate this work.
  3. Demonstrate ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge from previous courses to analyse, judge and deal with complex phenomena, problems and situations in spaceflight, even on the basis of limited information.
  4. Demonstrate ability to model, simulate, predict and evaluate the behaviour of spacecraft within the space mission, even on the basis of limited information.
  5. Demonstrate ability to design a space mission, including selection of technical solutions, taking into account relevant scientific, social, ethical, economic and environmental aspects, and international regulatory frameworks.
  6. Demonstrate ability for teamwork and collaboration in culturally mixed groups.
  7. Demonstrate ability to clearly present and discuss engineering conclusions and the knowledge and arguments behind them, in dialogue with different groups, orally and in writing, in international contexts.
  8. Demonstrate ability to make judgements with respect to relevant scientific, societal and ethical aspects when selecting technical solutions for a space mission.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed degree project on Bachelor level with major in technology.

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

P, F


  • INL1 - Hand-in Assignments, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, 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

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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