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Master of Science Degree in Space and Astronautical Engineering

Course Description

In the Master course in Space and Astronautical Engineering the student acquires specific skills in space mission planning and the analysis and design of launch vehicles, satellites, and remote metering and telemetry systems, with particular reference to systems-related and interdisciplinary aspects. The learning pathway makes use of advanced methods and tools for studying space and astronautics systems. This Master course has a strong on going relationship with research and innovation in the Italian and European space industries. Five curricula are available.

Aerospace Engineering

This learning pathway is entirely given in English. It offers to foreign students advanced disciplinary and professional training and specific engineering skills, enabling them to address aerospace-related problems requiring analysis, development, simulation, and optimization. The first year provides a foundation of knowledge in the major areas of Space and Astronautical Engineering; in the second year the student may focus on a wide range of topics selecting a set of follow-on courses in Space, Astronautical and Aeronautical Engineering.

Launch vehicles

Topics covered in this learning pathway include the design of solid and liquid-fuelled propulsion systems, re-entry vehicles, guidance, navigation and control of launchers, and structural problems of launchers. Thanks to the involvement of Sapienza University in the VEGA programme, students acquire knowledge at the systems level, from the conception and design of a launcher up to completion of the launch campaign.


This learning pathway focuses on the general design of a satellite system with particular reference to the general architecture of the platform, the energy and thermal budget, structural and technological problems, telecommunications, electrical, and electronics subsystems, orbital and attitude control. Students can benefit from a wide range of workshops and the experience of tutors in the design, construction, launch, and in-orbit operation of small platforms.

Remote sensing from Space

Topics: the use of satellites for telecommunication applications; acquisition and processing of ground images using optical and radar systems. Students analyse and experience the whole cycle of development of these missions, from selection and design of the observation payload to information extraction techniques for processing and using the images obtained


Objective: to train engineers specialised in the analysis of earth orbit missions and solar system exploration missions. Topics: design and orbital control, with particular reference to the most advanced techniques for trajectory analysis and optimisation. There is a focus on the technological areas of major relevance and interest, such as robotic missions, and missions carried out by constellations and formations of satellites

Entry Requirements

The applicant is required to hold a three-year Bachelor Degree, possibly in Aerospace Engineering. Each candidate’s curriculum and personal background are verified. Applicants who do not meet all the curricular requirements to pass specific examinations before they can enroll.

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