Course detail

Spacecraft Technologies

FSI-OT2-AAcad. year: 2023/2024

The student gets acquainted with the environment in which he will use space technology and for which he will design space technologies. He will also have an idea of the construction and function of rockets and rocket engines of various types and purposes, the scope and problems of their use and the basic problems of their preliminary design.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Basic knowledge of space, acquired during the study of physics, basic problems of technical mechanics, including hydromechanics and thermomechanics, knowledge of materials and their properties used in aviation.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

The student is evaluated according to the knowledge of the written and oral final exam. The condition for admission to the exam is at least 70% attendance at lectures and fulfilment of all assignments that will be solved within the exercises.
The quality of the ongoing training will be checked through control tests during the exercise. The results of these tests will then greatly affect the final evaluation of the exam.


The aim is to acquaint students with the basic problems of development and use of rockets and rocket engines, focusing on the development of the ability to use this knowledge for their further work and for comprehensively optimal decision-making.
It is assumed that the student will be able to analyse problems in a broad context, in evaluating the problems from various perspectives, as well as from different levels.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Abibov.A.L.: Technologija samoletostrojenija, , 0
Dosoudil S.: Projektování a řízení letecké výroby, VUT Brno, 1991
Lee,L.-H.: Adhesive bonding, Plenum Press, New York and London, 1991
DIN-DVS-Taschenbuch 215: Schweisstechnik in Luft- und Raumfahrt, Beuth.DVS-Verlag, 1998
ASM Handbook Vol. 5 Surface Engineering
ASM Handbook Vol. 16 Machining
ASM Handbook Vol.06 Welding, Brazing and Soldering
Peterka, J. Lepení konstrukčních materiálů ve strojírenství, SNTL, Praha 1980
ASM Handbook Vol.15 Casting
F.C.Campbell: Manufacturing Technology for Aerospace Structural Materials. Elsevier, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-1-85-617495-4.

Recommended reading

Žák,J.-Samek,R.-Bumbálek,B.: Speciální letecké technologie I, , 0
Flaška,M.-Růžička,A.-Štekner,B.: Speciální letecké technologie, , 0
Lieng-Huang Lee: Adhesive bonding, Plenum Press, New York, 1991, ISBN 0-306-43471-7
Killing, R.: Welding processes and thermal cutting, Düsseldorf 2005, ISBN 3-87155-790-0


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-AST-A Master's, 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Rockets, history, classification, arrangement, use
2. Rockets, loads, factors influencing take-off and flight in individual phases
3. Ballistic missiles, characteristics, use
4. Rocket carriers, concept, construction
5. Carrier rockets, introduction to rocket design
6. Spaceports, meaning and purpose, components, security, nature of operation
7. Rocket engines, basic theory of rocket engines
8. Rocket engines, internal ballistics of rocket engines
9. Rocket engines for solid propellants
10. Rocket engines for liquid propellants
11. Rocket engines for liquid propellants
12. Special types of rocket engines
13. Fuels for rocket engines


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Comparison of historical development of missiles in different countries
2. Vibration analysis
3. External missile ballistics
4. Analysis of the rocket design
5. Basic steps of preliminary rocket design
6. Comparison of spaceports in terms of their geographical location
7. Internal ballistics of a rocket engine
8. Thermodynamic calculation of a rocket engine
9. Calculation of rocket engine thrust on TPH
10. Calculation of thrust and engine operation time on KPH
11. Comparison of special types of rocket engines in terms of their usability
12. Computational comparison of solid fuels for rocket engines
13. Final consultation on the topics covered