ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Accredited by ABET
Undergraduate Programs

New Undergrad Courses
Spring 2011

Fall 2016 textbook list

The Fall 2016 ECE textbook list is available online for students.

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ECE-2984: Exploration of the Space Environment

Project Supervisors: Joseph Baker email address: jo.baker

Project Description:

Modern society is becoming increasingly reliant on the deployment of technological assets in space. Examples include: communications, navigation, weather forecasting, and resource management - to name just a few. The technological exploitation of the space environment presents unique challenges that cover the entire spectrum of science and engineering fields, necessitating a systems engineering approach. This course provides a broad introduction to the opportunities and challenges associated with the exploration and technological exploitation of space. Topics covered include: history of the space program; science of the space environment; space weather hazards; applications of space-based technologies; spacecraft engineering; elementary orbital mechanics; space mission design and management. The course is open to students in all majors and has no pre-requisites.