Space Technologies: Fundamentals

Winter School - Online/Tailor-made
January 22 - February 3, 2024

International Polytechnic Winter School 2024 will be held in 2 available options:

Option 1 – online.

Option 2 – tailor-made. We may also arrange a tailor-made on-campus program for a group of minimum 10 students.

Do you want to learn more about space telecommunication? Join this Winter School!

Space Technologies
Space Technologies
  • Brief description

    The Winter School course "Space Technologies: fundamentals" is suitable for senior undergraduate and graduate students as the first space technology course or an add-on course. The program aims to provide advanced techniques of space engineering and understanding the core physics principles related to space exploration. Space industry problems are also considered during the program in addition to technology topics. The theoretical courses cover astrophysics, space technology and physics. Students will train their practical skills during an interactive business simulation workshop. The speakers are industry experts and scientists experienced in the field of space technology.

Online lectures will be delivered synchronized as live talk with professors and groupmates. Records of classes will be available on SPbPU platform for 1 month after the course end.
  • Skills and competence to be acquired by students
    • - Satellites Engineering;
    • - Space Communication Techniques;
    • - Space Hardware and Equipment;
    • - Astronomy;
    • - Radio Telescopic techniques.

Duration: 2 weeks

ECTS credits: 4.0

Participation fee: 30 000 RUB

Participation fee includes tuition fee, study materials, field trips and cultural program.

Upon successful completion of the course students will receive hard copies of certificates with ECTS credits.


Provided only for the Tailor-made format:

  • on campus at the university dormitory
  • off-campus at partner hostels in the city center

Details of the options and booking procedures will be discussed with each applicant individually.

Deadline for registration: December 22, 2023

  • Entrance requirements
    • - Basic knowledge of physics;
    • - Fluent English. All classes and extracurricular activities are carried out in English. Knowledge of the Russian language is not required;
    • - Applicants are expected to have at least 1 year of University level studies.
  • Course description
    • Theoretical module:
    • - Cosmic rays: from physics to space technologies;
    • - Gravitational waves, gamma-ray bursts and neutrinos from collapsing stars;
    • - Experimental cosmology. From stars to the boundaries of Universe; - The Friedmann Universe and Modern Cosmology;
    • - Tools of Radio Astronomy.
    • Satellite navigation systems and signal processing:
    • - Practice on satellite antenna signal processing; - Satellite Communications;
    • - Global Navigation Satellite Systems;
    • - Processing GPS Signals to Determine Receiver Position and Time (practice on MATLAB);
    • - Frequency standards.
    • Satellite design:
    • - Nanosatellites Engineering (Electrical, mechanical and computer engineering aspects of nanosatellite system engineering);
    • - Projects consultations;
    • - Nanosatellite mission design;
    • - Motion in Space: Electric Propulsion;
    • - Substance in Space: Spectral Analysis.
    • Other developments in space industry:
    • - International spectrum management system for space applications;
    • - SPbPU main projects in space technologies (excursion in laboratories);
    • - New materials for electronic production;
    • - Modern sensor systems based on nanostructures.

The detailed course description for ECTS credits transfer at your home university:

Space Technologies Descriptor WS23.pdf

Program partners:
  • The Institute of Applied Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
  • Pulkovo Observatory;
  • Radio astronomical observatory "Svetloe";
  • Ioffe Institute;
  • Astronomicon.
Professors and lecturers:
  • Andey Bykov, corresponding member of RAS;
  • Aleksander Blinov, professor of Space Investigation department, SPbPU;
  • Oleg Tsybin, professor of IPNT, SPbPU;
  • Constantin Korikov, associate professor of IPNT, SPbPU;
  • Denis Malygin, head of Astronomicon;
  • Vladimir Mostepanenko, Pulkovo Observatory.
Department of International Educational Programs