Satellite Application Engineering


The purpose of Earth-observing satellites is to monitor and understand our planet. Up-to-date satellite data is important for a range of applications, such as remote sensing and the study of our Earth system.

Satellite data is the basis for studies on global change for modelling geophysical processes, e.g., in the fields of climate, water cycle or geodynamics. A specialization in Earth System Science imparts know-how in the modelling of such complex processes and contains lectures in oceanography, atmospheric physics, and geophysical fluids, among others.

Remote sensing is a key technology for the acquisition of geoinformation. It uses and interprets measurements from a variety of sensors, e.g., radar, laser, thermal or optical cameras. Remote sensing data is crucial for understanding and modelling the complex Earth system, environmental monitoring, updating geographic information systems (GIS), or security related issues, especially for remote areas with difficult access. The specialization remote sensing contains lectures on image processing, geo-information, photogrammetry and advanced remote sensing.

Today, traffic control and modern logistics are dependent on reliable navigation systems, such as GPS or the future European GALILEO system. The key component of such systems is accurate positioning. Global navigation systems (GNSS) also play an important role for measuring geodynamic processes such as plate motion, deformation monitoring, or precise orbit determination of satellites.The specialization Navigation imparts advanced processing techniques and hardware aspects of precise positioning.

Observation from space not only requires knowledge of the Earth, but also of the satellite system. This includes know-how in spacecraft technology, orbit mechanics and attitude and orbit control. These aspects will be part of the core curriculum (first year) for all ESPACE students.