EE-582 / 2 credits

Teacher: Toussaint Marc JM R

Language: English


Summary

The objective of the course is to present with different viewpoints, the lessons learned which lead to the decisions in the space exploration and their consequences today and for the decades to come. A semester continuous evaluation is done through a project (see below).

Content

Keywords

Cold-War, Sputnik, Luna, Vostok, Voskhod, Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Soyuz, Salyut, Space Shuttle, Mir, ISS, Shenzhou, Tiangong, Moon race, Space cooperation, Space barter, Artemis, Launch service provider, Recovery and re-use of space elements, Space tourism, Space resources exploitation.

 

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

 

 

Recommended courses

Prof. Claude Nicollier's, Prof. Bernard Foing's and Prof. Olivier de Weck€™ classes.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Conduct a trade-off assessment of a space project conceptual design
  • Assess / Evaluate competing space ideas, concepts and early designs
  • Identify the different roles that are involved in well-functioning teams and assume different roles, including leadership
  • Take into consideration that learning from past space missions conception, design and experiences can greatly help to conceive and realize new space projects.
  • Realize the importance of being aware of and follow the geopolitical space environment and evolution in which they will make their professional space carrier.

Transversal skills

  • Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
  • Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.
  • Keep appropriate documentation for group meetings.
  • Negotiate effectively within the group.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for creativity.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra, in English or French. Lecturing every second week at EPFL during the semester, or through Zoom conferences if required due to the Covid-19.

 

Expected student activities

- Active participation in the project groups

- Participation during the lectures

Assessment methods

Semester continuous evaluation through a project

During the semester, a short Space project has to be performed. It is requested to set-up stand-alone independent groups (4 to 6 students max) to perform a space project conceptual design at system level, with trade-off€™ assessments of three missions€™ ideas issued from the groups€™ think-tank process. A System €œtrade-off€ method, as applied in the frame of preliminary conceptual design phases (pre-Phase A), is introduced and shall be used in the evaluation process. It requires definition of evaluation criteria, their weighting and application to the 3 mission€™ concepts. A project follow-up and guidance is provided during the semester. A draft mid-term report is requested. The project final report closes the activity at the end of the semester.

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants No
Forum No
Others

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Lessons learned from the space exploration
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Lessons learned from the space exploration
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Lessons learned from the space exploration
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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