Spacecraft Propullsion System Engineering
Grade, SemesterYear 1 2nd semest [Master's program, Division of Integrated Science and Engineering]
CategorySpecial Subjects
Elective, CreditsElective 2credit
 Syllabus Number

Course Description

This course provides fundermental topics and advanced topics of space system engineering including orbit and trajectory mechanics and propullsion systems. Students can comprehend applications of space systems if they will attend this class after learning the "Introduction to Space Engineering" at a second-year undergraduate and the "Space System Engineering" at a third-year undertraduate. This subject is related to the clause 1 and 2 of the diploma policy of the Department of Aerospace Engineering. This course consists lecture and interactive discussion which related to lecture topics.

Course Objectives

- Overview, Fundermentals and Advanced knowledge of space environment
- Analysis and discussion for future space utilization
- Design of spacecraft system (satellites, interplanetary probes)
- Advanced topics of orbital dynamics (unique orbits, perturbation)
- Specific design flow of space mission and spacecraft including propullsion systems

Grading Policy

- Attendance: more than 2/3 (Requirements to take End-term exam.)
- Homework: 40%
- End-term Report: 60%
Detail solutions of homework will be shown in LMS and be given feedback at lecture.

Textbook and Reference

TextbookLecture materials will be provided from LMS. (If needed, printed materials will be distributed at lecture).
References『宇宙はどこまで行けるか-ロケットエンジンの実力と未来』小泉 宏之中公新書、2018、ISBN-13: 978-4121025074
References『図説 宇宙工学』岩崎信夫、的川泰宣著、宇宙航空研究開発機構監修日経印刷、2010、ISBN-13: 978-4904260715
References『Space Mission Engineering: The New Smad』James Richard WertzMicrocosm Press、2011、ISBN-13: 978-1881883159


Pre-condition: Students must understand the fundamental topics of space engineering though the previous lecture "Introduction to Space Engineering" at a second-year undergraduate.
Preparation (1.5 hours): Students must read through the lecture materials and check in advance for any questions summarize them in a notebook.
Review (1.5 hours): Student must recheck the lecture materials, make reports or homework for better understanding


- Students will give presentations on homework assignments in the classes.
- Lecture contents may change depending on progress.
- Necessary items to bring to lecture: function calculator or note PC, tablet PC, smartphone.
- Recommended items to bring to lecture: Devices to access Internet (like note PC, tablet PC, and smartphone, etc.)


1Introduction, Review of “Introduction of Space Engineering”
2Backgound and Classification of Use Case of Spacecraft Propullsion System
3Spacecraft Orbit and Trajectry Design, Understanding of Propullsion System(1): Newtonean Mechanics and Fundamentals of Orbital Dynamics
4Spacecraft Orbit and Trajectry Design, Understanding of Propullsion System(2): Fundamentals of Rocket Engineering
5Spacecraft Orbit and Trajectry Design, Undserstanding of Propullsion System(3): Fundamentals of Near Earth Orbit
6Spacecraft Orbit and Trajectry Design, Understanding of Propullsion System(4): Advanced Topics of Near Earth Orbit
7Spacecraft Orbit and Trajectry Design, Understanding of Propullsion System(5): Fundamentals and Applicaitons of Deepspace Trajectories for Planetary Expolaration
8Mid-term Summary, Group Disussion
9Examples of Spacecraft Propullsion System(1): Backgraound and History of Chemical Propullsions on Near Earth Orbit
10Examples of Spacecraft Propullsion System(2): Applications and State-of-the-art of Chemical Propullsions
11Examples of Spacecraft Propullsion System(3): Backgraound and History of Electriical Propullsions on Near Earth Orbit
12Examples of Spacecraft Propullsion System(4): Applications and State-of-the-art of Electrical Propullsions
13Examples of Spacecraft Propullsion System(5): Special Case of Spacecraft Propullsion Systems
14Discussions for Future Missions and Case Study
15Summary, Guidance of End-Term Report