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Master Programme in Spacecraft Design Luleå University of Technology



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This two-year program is focused on an exciting and prestigious area - design of a spacecraft. This includes integration of complex technical systems that must work in an extreme environment - space. The course is given in Kiruna, the “space capital” of Sweden.

A space research environment, unique for Europe, has been established in Kiruna. Here you find the Swedish Institute for Space Physics. The Institute builds satellite instruments for distant travel to other planets and celestial bodies. Sounding rockets and stratospheric balloons are launched from Esrange. Collaboration with these agents giving you the opportunity to evaluate satellite instruments with balloon flights to the stratosphere, shaking tests, and tests in vacuum chamber. The lectures are in English and guest speakers from the aerospace industry and academia are a common feature.


A spacecraft, which also is called a satellite if its orbit is bound to a celestial body, is designed around the payload instruments it shall carry and the environment it shall function in. During the first year of the course you acquire knowledge about the space environment, which the spacecraft shall operate in, and how it travels and orients itself in space. You learn about the various subsystems which make up the spacecraft and how it communicates with the surrounding world. Furthermore, you get an understanding for the specific space electronics that are required and learn how the on-board computers work. You also get an insight into typical payloads that a satellite may carry. The second year you are working on a computer design of a spacecraft, fit to carry the instruments that are constructed by you and your colleagues. Here, a large part of the education and work is done in project form and as group work. Your master thesis work is performed at a space technology company, space organization, or academic department, in Kiruna or other parts of the world.

Labour market

There is a shortage of engineers within the space industry in the western hemisphere. Space activity is often to a high degree international. Some of the major European space players are ESA, EADS/Astrium, and RUAG Space. In Sweden major players are SSC, OHB Sweden AB, and RUAG Space AB.

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Full Time (2 years)

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02 Sep


Kiruna Campus

Rymdcampus, E10,


SE-981 28, Sweden

Entry requirement for international students

Successful completion of a basic engineering program or a Bachelor´s degree with a minimum of 180 ECTS in the areas of space technology, aerospace, aeronautics, mechatronics, space physics, physics, electronics, mechanics or equivalent. Course work at university level must include electronics or mechanics, and a minimum of 22.5 ECTS in mathematics at university level is required. Course work must include linear algebra, multivariable calculus and ordinary differential equations.

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