Germany, Berlin

CanSat: Hands-on Satellite Design

when 24 July 2017 - 17 August 2017
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 2200

A CanSat is a small satellite in shape of a commercial beverage can that performs several measuring tasks. In this course, a CanSat is designed, built and tested in the field during a rocket launch. Therefore, all basics of topics related to exciting area of space technologies is imparted and practical skills for the development of a CanSat are trained. The theoretical units are supplemented by practical exercises. Parts of the CanSat are developed in intensely supervised small groups. During an excursion to a site in Berlin where space related companies and institutions are located, the participants shall gain insight into facilities used for the development of satellites.

Course leader

- Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Brieß
- Dr. Zizung Yoon
- Dipl.-Ing. Cem Avsar
- Dipl.-Ing. Sebastian Trowitzsch
- Further guest lecturer and supervisors

Target group

This course is designed for students with a general understanding of engineering who want to gain insight into the exciting topic of space technologies. With the practical approach applied, students experience working on a challenging project in an interdisciplinary team. This prepares them for a systems engineering career with a leading position in the engineering industry. With the basic knowledge in space technologies that is imparted in this course, students have a good starting point to prepare themselves for a continuing education in space engineering. It is recommended that students use their own laptops for the hands-on project.

Course aim

After taking part in this course, students will have knowledge of the most important topics related to space technologies. Students will know the parts of a space system and understand their correlations, and will be able to plan and conduct a space mission. Practically, students will be capable of designing a part of a space system with regard to mechanics, electronics and programming.

Credits info

5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) for the academic course. 7 ECTS if booked along with the optional Start German: Language Course. 8 ECTS if booked along with the optional Managing Innovations and Creating Innovative Business Models course or the DesignBuild - Community Spaces with Refugees course.

Fee info

EUR 2200: The fee includes: the Summer School academic program, transportation ticket and some extracurricular activities. Optional German language course not included (560 Euros). Optional Managing Innovations and Creating Innovative Business Models course (920 Euros). Optional DesignBuild – Community Spaces with Refugees course (920 Euros)


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