Space Operations Engineering

Space Operations Engineering


A Space Mission is the complex result of technologies, processes and people all working together to prepare, launch and operate satellites in space. 

The preparation of a Space Mission begins about ten years before the expected launch date, and involve the preparation of both the Space Segment and the Ground Segment.

This course gives an overview of all the elements of a Space Mission, with all its phases: from the feasibility studies, to the Operations Preparation, Development, Verification and Validation, Launch and Early Operations activities, Real Time Operations up to De-orbiting.

It is intended for those who work in the Space Operations Control Centers; for those that are experts of a specific space or ground subsystem and would like to understand the overall context of Space Operations in all its components; and for graduates and professionals  who wish to find a job in Space Operations Engineering.

The classes are given by experts from the Space Sector, directly coming from Industries, to provide a direct and practical content with work experience and examples. 

Mode of Attendance

The course is run fully online, and is run during the weekend to maximize the chances of attendances for participants from all around the globe. 

Calendar 2021

Registrations to the course are available in the following dates:

- 5 - 6 -7 March    

- 25- 26- 27 June         

- 17 - 18- 19 September    

- 10 -11- 12 December


Cost: 420 Euros

Register to the courses HERE

Course Program:

The Lectures cover the following topics:

Space Systems Engineering 


17:30 - 19:30 CEST

Overall structure of the Space Systems

ECSS Standards, 

TRL Scale,

Mission Lifecycle: from Phases 0 to Phase F

Space and Ground Segment Main Elements and Components.


Ground Segment


16:00 - 18:00 CEST

- Mission Control Centre

- Ground Stations 

- Mission Planning

- Flight Dynamics

- Data Processing

- Monitoring and Control Systems

- Simulators

- Ground Segment Anomalies

- Teams working in the Mission Control Centers


Space Segment


18:00 - 20:00 CEST

- Satellites main components

- Spin Stabilized and 3-axis stabilized satellites

- Orbits: GEO (geostationary) LEO (Low Earth Orbit) Molniya , Deep Space Missons

- Challenges related to different orbits

- Manoeuvres

- Space Segment Anomalies


Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning


16:00 - 17:30 CEST

- Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning key elements

- A.I. and M.L. Space Applications

- Risks and Challenges in Space


Launchers and Propulsion Systems


17:30 - 18:30 CEST

- Launch Sites

- Launchers architecture

- Reusable rockets

-- Propulsion Systems


Space Operations Management


18:30 - 20:00 CEST

- End-to-End System AIT

- End-to-End Operations

- Quality Processes

- Anomaly assessment, Risk assessment and mitigation

- Mission Operations Key Documents

- Operations Preparation Documents

- Internal and External Interfaces




17-18-19 Sept


10-11-12 Dec