Course Title: Space Innovation Laboratory

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Space Innovation Laboratory

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Course Coordinator: N/A

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-Requisite Course:
Successful completion of EEET2618: “Signals, Systems and Space Communication”.  

Co-Requisite Course:
You should undertake AERO2690 / AERO2406: “Spaceflight Systems Design” at the same time as this course as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in practice. 

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course. 

For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage. 

Course Description

In this course you will develop specialised technical skills in multidisciplinary design, performance analysis and optimisation of advanced space mission concepts and technologies. 

The course focuses heavily on state-of-the-art and industry-standard practices for the modelling, simulation and analysis of satellites, constellations and their payload. Past and future mission concepts tackling contemporary issues are exploited to introduce realistic design challenges that you must tackle, achieving an efficient and cost-effective design solution. Emphasis is placed on critical system design analysis in consideration of the mission requirements within the constraints posed by the spacecraft environment. The design, development, test, evaluation and operational standards covered in this course include both human-rated and non-human-rated missions. Depending on the availability of required off-the-shelf components and the suitability of the proposed design for manufacturing, integration and qualification in RMIT facilities, the laboratory may advance to actual build, test and launch-readiness stages.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is an option course so it is not required to contribute to the development of program learning outcomes (PLOs) though it may assist your achievement of several PLOs for the following programs:  

BH073 Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering) (Honours) 

BH076 Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Engineering) (Honours) 

BP330 Bachelor of Space Science 


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate proficiency with best industry space engineering Design, Development, Test and Evaluation (DDT&E) practices; 
  2. Develop and conduct realistic simulations of the intended spacecraft mission using industry-standard software, retrieving accurate performance results; 
  3. Evaluate the predicted spacecraft mission performance in comparison with initial expectations and with analogous current/past missions; 
  4. Conduct basic multidisciplinary optimisation studies of the spacecraft design, considering multiple constraints and a single objective or a combination of multiple objectives. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both. 

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through Canvas and the RMIT Student website

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through Canvas and the RMIT Student website

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the RMIT Student website

Overview of Assessment

Note: This course has no hurdle requirements 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Preliminary Mission Analysis Report
Weighting: 10%
This assessment task supports CLO 1 - 3 

Assessment Task 2: Preliminary Design Review 
Weighting: 20% 
This assessment task supports CLO 2 - 3 

Assessment Task 3: Critical Design Review 
Weighting: 30% 
This assessment task supports CLO 3 - 4 

Assessment Task 4: Design and Performance Analysis Report 
Weighting: 40%,  
This assessment task supports CLO 1- 4. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.