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Program curriculum

Lecture courses for solid expertise and broad vision

  • Basics for Space Science and Engineering
    Tailored, online resources to reinforce basic knowledge of fields such as mechanics, electromagnetics, physical mathematics, thermodynamics and computer programming

  • Video Lectures on Space Science and Engineering
    Video courses on four subjects, space fundamentals, space utilization, space development and advanced technologies
    • Space fundamentals: particle physics, astrophysics, solar-terrestrial physics, space engineering
    • Space utilization: astronomical observatories, space plasma observations, Earth observations, satellite communications
    • Space development: space transportation, spacecraft, space environment and space weather
    • Advanced technologies: material, diagnostic techniques, radiation measurements, numerical simulations
  • Overview of Space Exploration and Research (2 credits)
    Introduces topics including space observatories, the solar-terrestrial environment, space propulsion, advanced materials, signal processing and simulations, as well as project management and intellectual property issues

  • Lectures on space science and engineering (2 credits each)
    • Satellite systems
      Detailed description of satellite subsystems (mechanical system, thermal control, power supply, communication, data handling, attitude and orbit control, reaction control), parts and material control, launch, ground systems, and operations.
    • "Monozukuri" (engineering, crafting) lecture
    • "高度総合工学創造実験" (Advanced general engineering laboratory course)
  • Short courses on space science and engineering (0.5-1 credits)
    • Satellite development and applications (1 credits)
      Satellite project management, mission development process, satellite applications (mostly commercial use), history of micro-satellites
    • Thermal design, analysis and hands-on training (1 credits)
    • Mechanical design, analysis and hands-on training (1 credits)
    • "Monozukuri" (engineering, crafting) short courses (0.5-1 credits)

Curriculum for international communications, hands-on experiences and leadership development

  • English training
    If English test score is below a certain level, English training is required

  • Internships at foreign institutions
    Experience global research environment

  • Internships at companies
    Experience practical activities at companies

  • Leadership development seminars
    Seminar and discussion on following categories coordinated by a designated faculty are given in English (in principle) on the first and third Friday. Student proposals on seminar speakers are accepted.

    1. Leadership seminars (5 attendances are required before graduation)
    • Seminars given by leaders in various fields including industries followed by discussions
    2. Interdisciplinary seminars
    • Social matters such as government affairs, business and economy (5 attendances are required)
    • Space utilizations such as observations, exploration and manned space missions economy (5 attendances are required)
    • Human science and mass media (voluntary)

    3. "Monozukuri" (engineering and crafting) seminars (5 attendances are required)

    4. Student-organized activities (5 attendances are required)
    • Share experiences with alumni in industries and discussions, exchange ideas and views on leadership between students and faculties, workshops
  • Global leadership training course
    Combination of lectures and hands-on trainings to gain understanding of international matters and international views (international affairs, businesses, law, projects and competitions and space laws), and to learn global communication skills (cultural exchanges, negotiations and presentations), project management and case studies.

Curriculum for problem-solving skills, project management and practical hands-on experiences

ChubuSat instrument development projects

Project-based student activities by a mixture of students with different sets of interests, skills and expertise.
Hands-on experience on satellite instrument design, testing systems and implementation.
Best instruments may be launched into space.
  • Mission proposal Phase (less than 8 hours per week, 6 months)
    Produce a mission proposal utilizing ChubuSat* satellites including mission objectives, requirements, instrument design and operation plans
    (*ChubuSat is a micro-satellite being developed by a group of universities and aerospace industries in the Nagoya region)
    If its objectives and feasibilities are judged to be excellent, the program supports instrument development until the launch.

  • Instrument Development Phase (less than 16 hours per week, 3 months)
    Instrument development or operations for ChubuSat satellites. Elect from following selections.
    • Fabrication and test of a prototype for a proposal in the Mission proposal Phase (This option takes 6 months at 8 hours or less per week)

    • Fabrication and test of satellite component being developed for future ChubuSat satellites such as GPS, expansion mechanism for solar cell panels, onboard computers with commercial parts (non space-qualified)

    • Operation of ChubuSat-1 satellite to be launched in early 2014. Example includes tuning of attitude control, software development for detection of wild fire

  • Flight Model Fabrication Phase (optional)
    Development of instruments selected from Mission proposal Phase proposals under the supervision of designated faculties to be launched with future ChubuSat satellites. Students can work on any selected instruments.

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