Space Informatics Juan Fraire, Holger Hermanns

Registration for this course is open until Monday, 31.08.2020 23:59.


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Space Informatics

A block course offered by the Chair of Dependable Systems and Software. It is worth 6 ECTS.

This course is planned to run as a block course in September and possibly early October 2020. Details are pending.


This block course will explore the computer science perspective of space applications, covering a spectrum from satellite operations to interplanetary communication.


We plan to cover the following topics: Deployment of a Nano-Satellite from ISS (photo taken by Astronaut Scott Kelly)

  • System Design
    • Orbit Dynamics
    • Launchers, Spacecrafts, Satellites, Space Stations
    • System Architecture, System Components
  • Communication
    • Transmission and Encoding Basics
    • Delay Tolerant Networking, Routing, Congestion, Contact Plans
    • Interplanetary Internet and beyond
  • Resource Managment
    • Power, Memory, Space, Time
  • Mission Planning and Operation
    • Telerobotics vs. Autonomy (vs. Human-Operated)
    • Classic Scheduling (Earliest-Deadline-First, Rate-Monotonic, etc.)
    • Task Graphs, Timed and Priced Timed Automata
    • Linear Pogramming (LP, ILP, MILP, Multi-commodity flow problems)
    • Satisfiability and Optimisation Modulo Theories
  • Applications
    • LEO vs. GEO Satellites, Space Missions
    • Exploration, Observation, Communication, Tourism
  • Challenges
    • Space Debris, Space Weather, Distances and Delays


This course is offered by Holger Hermanns and Juan Fraire.

It takes place in summer 2020, running as a block course.

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