Study branch "Aircraft and Space Systems" of the master degree program "Cybernetics and Robotics"
Department of Measurement, Technicka 2, 166 27 Prague, Czech Republic

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Aircraft and Space Systems

Master degree study field lectured at Faculty of Electrical Engineering, CTU in Prague.

Study field "Aircraft and Space Systems" is orientated to educate and train specialists in the field of aeronautical and space systems and technologies. This education process also provides knowledge from related fields, such as cybernetics, robotics, measurement technologies, and data acquisition and their processing. It is based on both theoretical and practical knowledge and experience learn by working with real and modern avionic and space systems and sensors. It all is accompanied by lecturing modern data acquisition and processing methods and related automatic control and decision-making systems

A basic set of lectures corresponds to obligatory lectures from the study program Cybernetics and Robotics; however, it is aided by courses which are about avionic/space systems and technologies, automatic control systems, inertial and radio based navigation systems, flight aerodynamics and mechanics etc. In a practical part of lectures students can verify their theoretical knowledge in specialized laboratories where they can do specific tasks related with computer simulations and applications with unique measurement, avionic/space hardware and systems. Within master theses students can join research programs of individual departments and thus be included in research teams working on domestic or international industrial/institutional projects.

International interships and studies are highly supported; furthermore, there are many opportunities to visit our PEGASUS Network partners (23 European universities) in aeronautical and space field of interest. More inforamtion about PEGASUS Network can be found here.

Study field "Aircraft and Space Systems" is ensured by Department of Measurement and partially by:
  • Dept. of Cybernetics, K13133
  • Dept. of Control Engineering, K13135
  • Dept. of Radioelectronics, K13137
  • Dept. of Electric Drives and Traction, K13114

Study field "Aircraft and Space Systems" can provide you with a wide knowledge in the fields:
  • avionic and space systems and devices
  • automatic flight control
  • air traffic management
  • inertial and radio navigation means
  • meteorology
  • flight aerodynamics and mechanics
  • aircraft and spacecraft contruction and contrauction of their propulsion
  • unmanned aerial vehicles

Structure of the study field

Courses overview
Obligatory courses from the program Cybernetics&Robotics
Mathematics for Cybernetics,
Theory of Dynamical Systems,
Intelligent Robotics,
Diagnostics and Testing,
Team Work,
Individual Project,
Diploma Thesis

Obligatory courses of the study field - unpack syllabi
Aerodynamics and mechanics of flight,
Navigation, Flight Control Systems,
Aircraft and spacecraft instrumentation,
Airborne monitoring and control systems

Selectable courses related to aerospace field - pack syllabi

Radio Systems

Principles of the radio systems and theoretical and practical aspects, radio function blocks. Aviation telecommunication service and its significance. Space communication systems, deep space communication, communication protocols and coding. Modern aviation VHF and HF communication systems, principles and design fundaments. Aviation VHF and HF data communication systems. Satellite communication. The lectures respect ICAO and RTCA standards. The knowledge is applicable in aerospace industry.

Air Traffic Control

Air traffic control service and its function. Air traffic control procedures and utilization of the communication, navigation and radar systems. Requirements on radio equipment. The course applies knowledge from course Navigation. The knowledge is applicable in aerospace industry and air business.

Aircraft Structure and Propulsion

The subject is focused on obtaining of fundamental knowledge relevant to aircraft construction, flight mechanics of planes, space vehicles as well as satellites, further propulsion and energy systems of aircraft and space vehicles and satellites. Typical materials applied in aerospace technology are mentioned. Lectures continue by structure scheme and load analyses of main airplane parts (wing, fuselage, empennage, landing gear). Lift devices, longitudinal, roll and directional controls are the next topics. The sphere of aircraft power units and space technology present namely energy transformations and operational characteristics with the emphasis on explaining and understanding of the theoretical ground of the branch. The gained theoretical knowledge is applied to individual types of aircraft power units, as well as rocket engines and energy systems of aircraft and space apparatuses. Structure schemes of power units, energy systems of aircraft and space technology are presented. Principal functions of their main parts are explained. Attention is paid to environment and modern alternative fuel and energy sources.

Airplane Bus Systems and EMC

Subject is devoted to principles and technologies of airplane distributed systems and their employment. Widely used standard systems are then presented together with their features and specific application areas with focus on reliability and redundancy. Finally the EMC basics are explained and typical EMI and EMS evaluation methods are presented with focus on distributed communication.

Space Engineering and Technology

The subject deals with technical means for the space research. In general part is explained space flight physics starting from the rocket launch through satellite movement during inertial flight in the Earth orbit, interplanetary space and landing. In the next lectures are addressed space environment specifics in particular vacuum and radiation environment. Space technology uses different techniques in the design, manufacture and verification of the space equipment. The requirements are determined in the European Space Standard system and lectures are dealing with the space project management in accordance with these rules. Finally the overview of the space activities in the ESA and other national space agencies is presented

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

The course is dedicated to students interested in unmanned aerial systems (UASs). It includes lectures aimed at airplane construction, engines, sensors, electronic systems, servos, control electronics, control algorithms and one course presents law issues related to UASs from the flight approval and control perspectives. The course is extended with an educational excursion to relevant laboratories. Seminar projects are related to Procerus UAV in the field of sensor data processing including participation on the experimental flight.

System Reliability and Risk Management

The course targets deepening of knowledge in probabilistic mathematics and its application to analysis, design, reliability optimization and risk management in complex human and technical systems. Common methods for data gathering, identification of reliability features and system reliability modeling will be presented together with tools for risk management, fundamental approaches to optimal design and evaluation of composite reliabilities as well as system backup solutions in highly complex structures. Finally, practice-oriented approaches to estimation and minimization of system risks, risk-to-costs balancing together with related methods for risk and reliability analysis, i.e. fault-tree and event-tree based approaches, FMEA/FMECA analyses.

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