Space Technology

Space Propulsion Systems


Module forMaster
Responsible personProf. Dr.-Ing. Enrico Stoll
Contact personJohannes Becker, Benedict Grefen

Enrolment and teaching materials via ISIS

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Johannes Marian Becker

Organization name Space Technology
Office F 6
Building F
Room F
Organization name Space Technology
Office F 6
Building F
Room F 517

Description of the module

The module teaches the fundamentals of space propulsion and provides a systematic overview of rocket propulsion systems and propulsion systems for space vehicles in space. Students should understand and be able to apply the theoretical principles of space propulsion. In addition, a systematic overview of the various propulsion concepts and the associated basic technical principles and system solutions will be learned.


  • Principle and application of space propulsion

  • Overview of all propulsion types (chemical, electric,...)

  • Detailed look at the different chemical propulsion systems (solid, hybrid, liquid, mono-material, dual-material)

  • Presentation of different propulsion systems

  • Theoretical principles and formulas for calculating rocket propulsion,

  • Classification of propellants

  • Propellant tanks and propellant delivery

  • Combustion chamber and combustion chamber cooling

  • Injectors

  • Nozzles: calculations and design

  • Thrust vector control

  • Solid propellants

  • Hybrid engines

  • Fuel block shapes

  • In-Space Propulsion

  • Test Stands and Safety

  • Electric propulsion systems for spacecraft

  • Air-breathing hypersonic propulsion

  • Other propulsion systems

Recommended Literature

  • Raumfahrtsysteme: eine Einführung mit Übungen und Lösungen, E. Messerschmidt ; S. Fasoulas. - Berlin u.a.: Springer, 2000. 533 S.

  • Rocket propulsion elements, G. P. Sutton; O. Biblarz, 7. ed.,New York [u.a.] Wiley, 2001, 751 S.

  • International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems, Isakowitz, Steven J., American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., Reston, VA, London, Eurospan 2003. - 550 S.

  • Handbuch der Raumfahrttechnik, Hallmann, W. und Ley, W., München, Wien, Hanser 1999, 792 S.