Satellite Engineering - master

STUDIESTED: Narvik
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Spacecraft has evolved into an invaluable tool for our society through applications within areas such as environmental, monitoring, metrology, communication and navigation. To exploit space to its fullest, spacecraft must be optimally designed, constructed and utilized, requiring the knowledge for several engineering fields.

The master program in Satellite Engineering is applicable for students with interest in learning, developing, and applying state-of-the-art technology for space-related purposes. This type of technology has also large similarities with technologies for other extreme environments, such as in arctic regions and subsea, and students with interest in development of technologies in such fields will also find this program as relevant.

Facts
Duration:2 Years
Location: Narvik
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master of Science - Satellite Engineering
Admission requirements:A relevant undergraduate Bachelor Engineering programme within electronics or space technology with minimum 30 credits mathematics/statistics topics.
Application deadline:1 December
Application code:9009
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The master program in Satellite Engineering at IVT-faculty, UiT Narvik Campus provides a unique education in Norway, where you as a student will learn about the most relevant technologies necessary for design, construction, and utilization of satellites as spaceborne platforms for various purposes. Through the two-year program, important theoretical preliminaries such as applied mathematics, communication, digital system and signal theory, real-time systems, microprocessor-technologies, navigation and automatic control are covered, as well as more specialized topics on rocket dynamics, spacecraft propulsion, guidance and control.

Through a multidisciplinary program, students learn the relevant methods and skills in various technological fields, with a commonality through its application in space-related systems. The program involves lectured courses, as well as a high degree of problem-based education (i.e. learning-by-doing), where the students spend their time working on relevant projects under supervision of a highly qualified staff. The project topics are chosen from current and future national and international space projects, which UiT participates in, as well as ongoing internal research projects.
Therefore, several projects has ended in results at a high international level, published in international scientific journals. The students have also been able to present their results for international audiences at scientific conferences and workshops. In the last few years, such projects have included:

  • Attitude determination and control system design for the European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO) and European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) spacecraft under the SSETI-project (http://www.sseti.net/) initiated by the European Space Agency (ESA).
  • Development of an Aerosol detector rocket payload for collection of ionized dust particles, under the ESPRIT project (http://spirit.ee.psu.edu/spiritiii/home.html) initiated by NASA.
  • Ground station and electric power supply development in the Norwegian student satellite projects NCube 1 and NCube 2.
  • Design, implementation and testing of all subsystems (ground station, power supply, data handling, control, communication and payload) in UiTs own spacecraft HiNCube (http://hincube.hin.no/).
  • Mathematical modelling, synchronization and coordinated control of small spacecraft in formation, in cooperation with internal PhD-students and supervisors.
  • Mathematical modelling, guidance and control of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), in cooperation with internal PhD-students and supervisors.

To provide a high-quality education with relevance to industry, UiT is cooperating with the national universities in Oslo (UiO), Bergen (UiB), Trondheim (NTNU), as well as European Space Agency, Norwegian Space Centre and the Norwegian Centre for Space-related Education (NAROM). UiT has also a policy for advocating international cooperation, and several students have over the last years performed (parts of) the master project at well-known universities abroad.

Knowledge:

  • has advanced knowledge within the academic field of mathematics, physics and engineering and specialized insight in a limited area within the field of satellite engineering
  • has thorough knowledge of different theories and methods in the field of satellite engineering
  • can apply knowledge in communication, electronics, automatic control and systems engineering to areas within satellite engineering
  • can analyze academic problems within satellite engineering on the basis of the history, traditions, distinctive character and place in society of the academic field  

Skills:

  • can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments
  • can analyze existing theories, and interpretations in the field of satellite engineering and work independently on practical and theoretical problems
  • can use relevant methods for research and scholarly work in an independent manner
  • can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics
  • can develop the cooperation skills to work in inter-disciplinary projects and to work in team 

General competence:

  • can analyze relevant academic, professional and research ethical problems
  • can apply the knowledge and skills within satellite engineering in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects
  • can communicate extensive independent work and masters language and terminology of the academic field of satellite engineering
  • can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field of satellite engineering, both with specialists and the general public
  • can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes

To be applicable for the master program in Satellite Engineering, you must have a relevant undergraduate bachelor in engineering, primarily within electronics or space technology, but it may also be within related fields such as automatic control, communications, power electronics or computer science. You must however have a sufficient background in electronics and communications.

There is also a requirement of 30 points with preliminaries in mathematics/statistics, equivalent to the Norwegian courses Mathematics 1, 2, and 3, as well as Statistics.

Knowledge in Physics (7,5 - 10 ects) on a higher level is recommended to be able to follow different courses on the master programme. Some of the courses in the bachelor programme have a certain amount of physics included and can be accepted.

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

- The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th for admission to the autumn semester

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:

- The application deadline for applicants outside the Nordic countries is December 1st for admission to the autumn semester.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The program involves lectured courses, as well as a high degree of problem-based education (i.e. learning-by-doing), where the students spend their time working on relevant projects under supervision of a highly qualified staff. The project topics are chosen from current and future national and international space projects, which UiT participates in, as well as ongoing internal research projects. In the last few years, such projects have included:

  • Attitude determination and control system design for the European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO) and European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) spacecraft under the SSETI-project (http://www.sseti.net/) initiated by the European Space Agency (ESA).
  • Development of an Aerosol detector rocket payload for collection of ionized dust particles, under the ESPRIT project initiated by NASA. Ground station and electric power supply development in the Norwegian student satellite projects NCube 1 and NCube 2.
  • Design, implementation and testing of all subsystems (ground station, power supply, data handling, control, communication and payload) in UiTs own spacecraft HiNCube (http://www.hincube.com/).
  • Mathematical modelling, synchronization and coordinated control of small spacecraft in formation, in cooperation with internal PhD-students and supervisors.
  • Mathematical modelling, guidance and control of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), in cooperation with internal PhD-students and supervisors.

To provide a high-quality education with relevance to industry, UiT is cooperating with the national universities in Oslo (UiO), Bergen (UiB), Trondheim (NTNU), as well as ESA, Norwegian Space Centre and the Norwegian Centre for Space-related Education (NAROM). UiT has also a policy for advocating international cooperation, and several students have over the last years performed (parts of) the master project at well-known universities abroad.

Form of assessment

Through the two-year master program in Satellite Engineering, the students are evaluated in both theoretical knowledge and engineering skills. This evaluation is performed based on written or oral exams, in addition to written reports and presentation of project results. The program aims at being international and research-based, and the students will therefore acquire state-of-the-art technological competence, and be able to deliver research results on an international level.

It is possible to study parts of the master program at other universities. An individual plan must be made in accordance with the program coordinator.

Successfully qualified candidates can acquire jobs in a range of Norwegian businesses which contribute technical products and services within satellite technology. Companies such as Andøya Rocket Launch Centre (ARS), Tromsø Satellite station, Kongsberg Spacetec, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, Nammo Raufoss and Norspace are among the interesting work places for our Masters candidates.
After graduation from the master program in Satellite Engineering, the candidates may pursue PhD studies at UiT campus Narvik, in collaboration with i.e. the University of Science and Technology in Trondheim or other faculties at University of Tromsø within fields such as engineering cybernetics, communications or aeronautics.


Contact

Hansen, Kjell Birger


Instituttleder
Phone: +4776966282 Mobile: +4795810224 kjell.b.hansen@uit.no

Jenssen, Tor-Arne


Seniorrådgiver
Phone: +4776966159 Mobile: 99548438 tor-arne.jenssen@uit.no

Inger Hunstad Karlsen


Seniorkonsulent
Phone: +4776966156 inger.karlsen@uit.no

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