Space Mission Design and Operations

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Space exploration is truly fascinating. From Sputnik to the Apollo, followed by the assembly and exploitation of the International Space Station and the successful operation of the Hubble Space Telescope and other space observatories, we are uncovering many mysteries of our universe. We also made huge progress learning how to work and be productive in outer space!

This course builds on university level physics and mechanics to introduce and illustrate orbital dynamics as they are applied in the design of space missions. You will learn from the experiences of Claude Nicollier, one of the first ESA astronauts, specifically through his role in the maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope on two occasions.

The course focuses on conceptual understanding of space mechanics, maneuvers, propulsion and control systems used in all spacecraft. You will gain knowledge of the challenges related to the use of the space environment as a scie...

Space exploration is truly fascinating. From Sputnik to the Apollo, followed by the assembly and exploitation of the International Space Station and the successful operation of the Hubble Space Telescope and other space observatories, we are uncovering many mysteries of our universe. We also made huge progress learning how to work and be productive in outer space!

This course builds on university level physics and mechanics to introduce and illustrate orbital dynamics as they are applied in the design of space missions. You will learn from the experiences of Claude Nicollier, one of the first ESA astronauts, specifically through his role in the maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope on two occasions.

The course focuses on conceptual understanding of space mechanics, maneuvers, propulsion and control systems used in all spacecraft. You will gain knowledge of the challenges related to the use of the space environment as a scientific and utilitarian platform.

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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 4 months ago
A lot of hard work has been invested in this course. If you're looking for an introductory course, this isn't one. But if you're looking for a thorough astronautical, aeronautical and astrophysical technical course, you're in the right place. A strong mathematics and physics background is advised, and the workload may seem too difficult at times, since there's a lot of calculation going on in quizzes and tests. The amazing thing is that the professor gives you his first-hand experience as an astronaut, and the course also covers the most recent space project, being one of the few courses that are so much up-to-date. I'd thoroughly recommend it, but be prepare for lots of hard work.
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6/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 10 months ago
The training is built on the university level physics and dynamics to introduce and explain the orbital mechanics, as this exercise is used in the design of the spacecraft.
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Efflam Mercier

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 2 months ago
This is simply one of the best course I have ever taken. I did not have the pre-requisites ( High-school level math & physics ) so I had to re-learn a lot of things on top of the assignments. The "2-4 hours" mentioned in the course description quickly turned into 20 hours a week for me. This course challenged me beyond what I imagined I could do, and I loved it so much now I want to go back to school and study for a PHD in physics.
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Sumit Banerjee

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 3 months ago
Excellent course content with excellent structure. Just the right course to take for the one who is an engineer and has interests in space science. It gave me an entirely new prospective of looking into space research and gave me the right ways of using my knowledge in engineering to upgrade tools and methodologies of space research. Would definitely like to take up further such courses. Thank you EPFL and EDX for making this possible.
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Tomas Bourdieu

10/10 starsDropped
2 years, 4 months ago
From the few classes i could attend this course was amazing! Still i couldn't reach not even the 10% of it as i started a very busy semester at university. Looking forward to enrolling again next year!
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Hilton Recardo Izak Hartnick

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 1 month ago
I have a question. I just took the course as soon as I found it for various reasons, but mainly because I love space. The other is the fact that I study Physics and Mathematics and have some really interesting theories and concepts on propulsion systems for space travel. These are mainly based on Quantum Mechanics, but logical and highly possible with a 90% success rate and 10% probability in terms of implementation. They are not impossible, just that people prefer archaic methodology as apposed to innovative approaches. I wish to know, will one be able to register for the Verified Certification option in the future? This will really help me a lot. To such an extent that I even have the technology of how to build an engine that never needs fuel but only drives on air, the same concept I use to build my space propulsion systems.
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Joseph Zrihen

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 4 months ago
Exciting and Amazing course. All aspects are described : space pioneers, race to the moon, human space exploration, and more ... Course includes videos and exercices to live the Space Adventure.
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Pavel Voronin

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 4 months ago
This is a great course. Quizzes contain a lot of insightful, though not always easy tasks. This MOOC covers a wide range of topics, and still it barely scratches the surface of space missions engineering. Yet the course team is not to be blamed for that. It's simply impossible to put the whole world into one course. Yet I hope, the continuation will follow because each unit deserves its own course. I also liked how quizzes are organized. In unobtrusive step by step guidance you can understand how things work, and what earlier seemed to be a magic becomes a solid science, which does not frighten, but captivates.
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helen haile

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 4 months ago
I am doing My Msc in astronautic in Cranfield university in london and this course is way better than the Msc i am doing . it has everything you need for space study
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Oleg Boiko

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 4 months ago
Instructor professor Claude Nicollier is highly intelligent and inspiring mentor with really deep subject knowledge, outstading space flight and EVA experience and gentle narrative. Content is super up-to-date including review of the most recent NASA, ESA, SpaceX, Blue Origin, Bigelow Aerospace (and more and more) projects, launches and designs. It was a great experience. Thank you!
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pradyumna mogre

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 5 months ago
excellent coverage of the topic. for learners it's a gud one but calculations are huge but intresting.
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