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Academic year
FAS076 - Space environment
 
Owner: RAMAS
4,0 Credits (ECTS 6)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: A
Department: 75 - EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCES


Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0105 Examination 4,0 c Grading: TH   4,0 c   Contact examiner

In programs

TELTA ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, Year 4 (elective)
RAMAS MSc PROGRAMME IN ADVANCED TECHNIQUES IN RADIO ASTRONOMY AND SPACE SCIENCE, Year 1 (elective)

Examiner:

Professor  Dan Anderson
Professor  Mietek Lisak
Docent  Magnus Thomasson


Replaces

FAS075   Space environment


Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

General knowledge about satellites.

Aim

The aim of the course is to provide the student with knowledge about basic plasma physics and the space environment, useful for studies of the space environment itself and in the design of spacecraft.

Goal

After completing the course, the student should understand the basic concepts of plasma physics, be able to describe the space close to Earth, know how the space environment influences spacecraft and spacecraft design, and be able to solve problems in these fields.

Content

Motion of charged particles in electromagnetic fields, basic plasma physics (definition, plasma oscillations, Debye shielding), kinetic plasma theory, magnetohydrodynamics, waves in plasmas, plasmas in space.


The Sun, solar activity, and the Sun's influence on the space environment and on spacecraft.


The near-Earth environment: the magnetosphere and plasmas, the radiation belts and cosmic rays, the upper atmosphere and ionosphere, auroras.


Environmental effects on spacecraft:
plasma effects, ionizing radiation, neutral particles and drag, micrometeoroids and orbital debris, electromagnetic radiation and thermal effects, weightlessness and satellite attitude disturbances, space weather.

Organisation

The teaching will be in the form of lectures (during which examples of calculations will also be demonstrated). Computer exercises and hand-in problems are also included in the course.

Literature

Compendium and lecture notes. Recommended additional literature:
A.C. Tribble: "The Space Environment" (Princeton Univ. Press, 1995).

Examination

Hand-in problems and a written or oral exam.


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