Bachelor in Space and Applications (SA)

25/10/2016 Truong Nguyen Xuan

Bachelor program in SPACE AND APPLICATIONS

Program description

The training program in Space and Applications – Department of Space and Aeronautics is a unique educational structure in Vietnam for senior technican and future scientists who can participate in the development of space science, space technology and its applications in Vietnam. This program is designed for students with superior math, physic and science skills and have a strong interest in space domain. All subjects are taught in English.

This Bachelor curriculum - Science and Technology - is managed by USTH and follow strictly the Bologna process (3 years with 180 ECTS). The ECTS is based on the principle that 60 credits represent the workload of a full-time student in one academic year. The student workload of a full-time study program in Europe amount in most cases to around 1500-1800 hours per year, therefore 1-credit is equivalent to 25-30 working hours (in class, practice, homework, assignment). The first 2-semesters are constitute the foundation year, including the natural sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology), informatics and English courses.

From the second year, students will be provided with scientific/technological competences and knowledge covering multiple domains, methodology and tools. Afterwards, the significant subjects falling under the umbrella of Space science/technology and its applications comprise Earth Observation & Modeling, Astrophysics and Satellite Technologies. The courses offered are the main building blocks of Space science and technology. Emphasis has also been given to research and applications oriented areas: space mission design and analysis, satellite technology and control, space materials, astrophysics, GIS, remote sensing, etc. It uses new space-age technologies like satellite positioning, space data visualizations, analysis tools and space data interpretation to greatly advance scientific understanding of Earth surface and its systems. About 30% of training time is devoted to practical works in disciplinary teaching modules. These modules maybe based on studying industrial systems, on projects and/or on training periods.
Besides, this training program also allows students to develop the inter-disciplinary skills: English, French, project organization and management, personal development (scientific writing, communication, creativity and entrepreneurship, and team working skills).
Career opportunities and further studies 

By the end of the program, graduates will have gained valuable professional knowledge allowing them to apply experimental and theoretical tools, either to pursue a Master’s degree at USTH or foreign institutions (Europe, Canada, USA, and Japan) or to adopt to Vietnam employment market. The job placements in space and applications related areas have the strong characteristic of diversity and multi-disciplinary and contribute to all socioeconomic activities of the country:

  • Space and Satellite Technologies
  • Astros dynamics: different subsystems of spacecraft/ satellite
  • Remote Sensing/ GIS techniques: Space and Earth data processing/ analysis techniques/monitoring
  • Meteorology, Atmospheric Sciences
  • Space Physics: Astronomy and Astrophysics.


R. 807, Education and Service Building, VAST - 18 Hoang Quoc Viet Road, Cau Giay District, Hanoi

Tel : (+84-4) 3 791 8516
Coordinator: Dr. Nguyen Xuan Truong                  Email: 
Academic assistant: Ms. Kieu Thi Minh Quyen    Email : 


Undergraduate Degree: Space and Applications – Course syllabus
(LC: lecture class; TC: tutorial class; LW: lab work)

Semester 3 (30ECTS)

MS 2.1 Law on intellectual property rights (1ECTS)

Intellectual Property and his two components: Industrial Property and Copyright; Objects of Intellectual Property; Industrial Property objects; Innovation Management; The economic value of a patent; Valorization of a patent. Licensing; IP Stimulation and awareness methodology in universities and Research Centers; Copyright and Supplementary rights; Study cases. Trade mark and Patent demands.

MS 2.2 Project Management (1ECTS)

Basic knowledge on scientific project and project management, How to get a personal project. How to present to have the personal project approved

Math 2.1 Probabilities and Statistics (3ECTS) - LC: 15h; TC: 25h: LW: 0h

Random, variables, probability distributions, random sampling, regression, analysis of variance, estimation and hypothesis testing.

Math 2.2 Numerical methods (3ECTS) - LC: 26h; TC: 0h: LW: 6h

The course begins with an example of mathematical modeling and a numerical solution of the mathematical equation. Topics covered in this course include: roots of  equation  and  optimization,  linear  systems,  curve  fitting  and interpolation,  integration  and  differentiation,  ordinary  differential equations. Besides these scientific contents, a minimal introduction to GNU Octave/Matlab programming language will be provided to help students with no prior knowledge/experiences in practical sessions.

Math 2.3 Mathematic for Physicist (3ECTS) - LC: 24h; TC: 6h: LW: 6h

Topics include: vector calculus (multivariable calculus), Fourier analysis, ordinary and partial differential equations (vector calculus, Fourier theory, ordinary differential equations, and partial differential equations)

Phys 2.1 Thermodynamics II (3ECTS) - LC: 24h; TC: 0h: LW: 6h
Introduction to the concepts of energy and entropy, the First and Second Law analysis of systems and control volumes, and the analysis of power and refrigeration cycles.

Phys 2.2 Electromagnetism II (3ECTS) - LC: 28h; TC: 8h: LW: 0h

The course consists of the following topics: AC circuits, electro mechanics and electromagnetic waves. The aim of the course is to provide the students with knowledge of electrical engineering such as AC circuits, motors and generators, propagation and properties of electromagnetic waves.  After the course, the students will be able to understand the principle of operation of electrical circuits, devices and equipments used in technology and the daily life.

Phys 2.3 Fluid mechanics (3ECTS) - LC: 12h; TC: 12h: LW: 6h
General characteristics of fluids, Statics of fluids, Flow of perfect fluids, Flow of viscous fluids, Movement of a solid in a viscous fluid.

SA 2.1  Introduction to Astronomy (2ECTS) - LC: 24h; TC: 6h: LW: 6h

Introduction to Astronomy provides a quantitative introduction to the physics of the Celestial Sphere, solar system, stars, the interstellar medium, the galaxy, and the universe, as determined from a variety of astronomical observations and models.

Semester 4 (30ECTS)

MS 2.3 Creativity - Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2 ECTS)

Creating new businesses, capturing new markets, and enhancing organizational effectiveness occur through improving productivity or innovation, or both. New discoveries, new technologies, competition, and globalization compel both entrepreneurs and existing firms to foster innovation and agility. This course examines the theory and practice of promoting and managing innovation in start-ups and existing firms. It explores successful frameworks, strategies, funding techniques, business models, risks, and barriers for introducing break-through products and services. Topics include business model Canvas, design-driven innovation, leadership, strategy, information technology, knowledge management, process improvement, performance measurement, and change management.

Phys 2.4 Mechanics II (3ECTS) - LC: 24h; TC: 0h: LW: 6h

Topics include : kinematics of point materials, composition of movements, dynamics of point materials, angular momentum, kinetics of a system of material points, rotational motion, dynamics and energetics of a system of material points, two-body problem.

Phys 2.5 Quantum mechanics (3ECTS) - LC: 30h; TC: 10h: LW: 0h

The course will start with a brief review of the experiments (blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, Compton Effect) that cannot be explained by classical physics, thereby providing the necessity for quantum mechanics.
The chapter 1 will present the wave function and its properties. The chapter 2 will present various applications of the 1-D leading to Schrödinger equation (Infinite and finite square wells, free particle, harmonic oscillator, δ-function potential, potential barriers). The chapter 3 will expose the mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics (Hilbert space, observables and Hermitian operators Eigen values and Eigen functions, uncertainty principle, and Dirac bra and ket notation). The last chapter will treat Schrödinger’s equation in 3-D. with solutions to the hydrogen atom (radial equation and the angular equation), the angular momentum in QM – orbital and spin. This will include the Pauli spin matrices, and addition of angular momenta (Clebsch-Gordon coefficients).

SA 2.2  Electronics (4ECTS) - LC: 40h; TC: 0h: LW: 8h

Basic knowledge on operations of elemental semiconductor components such as diode, BJT, FET, Op-amp used in common electronic circuits. Ability to apply math and physics to analyze and interpret equations related to functions of these circuits. Ability to analyze and calculate parameters (dimensions, values) of each electronic component used to build a specific electronic circuit (team project/will be defined by the lecturer). Mastering electronic software (Circuit Marker, Proteus) in solving homework exercises and in realizing team project

SA 2.3 Introduction to Geographic Information System (3ECTS)

This is an introductory course covering the theory and application of geographic information systems (GIS). This course offers an introduction to methods of managing and processing geographic information. Emphasis will be placed on the nature of geographic information, data models and structures for geographic information, geographic data input, data manipulation and data storage, spatial analytic and modeling techniques, and error analysis. The course includes lectures and followed by practical component that involves the hands-on use of desktop GIS software packages (QGIS).

SA 2.4 Introduction to Earth system (3ECTS) - LC: 20h; TC: 6h: LW: 4h

This course will investigate the interrelationship among the components of the Earth System, including the atmosphere, oceans, biosphere, solid Earth, and humans. We will examine the fundamental processes that drive these systems such as movement of the earth and its consequences. In this course we also try to understand how life was formed and evolved through geological time, focusing on the human appearance and their impact to the Earth.

SA 2.5 Control engineering (3ECTS) - LC: 24h; TC: 6h: LW: 6h

This subject provides knowledges of ways to model a process/system, to study its response to a command, and to control it (knowledges on mathematical models of systems; concepts of performances of control systems; techniques to analyze and to design control systems)

SA 2.6 Finite Element Modeling Methods (3ECTS) - LC: 27h; TC: 4h: LW: 5h

The course aims to teach the fundamentals of finite element method with emphasize on the underlying theory, variation techniques, assumption, and modeling issues as well as providing hands on experience using Matlab to model, analyze and design systems of mechanical and aerospace engineers. Prerequisites are the usual undergraduate courses in Calculus, Elementary Matrix Algebra, and Mechanics of Materials. The course consists of lectures, quizzes, reports, homework/ assignments, an intermediate examination, and a final examination.

SA 2.7 Mechanics of Materials (3ECTS) - LC: 26h; TC: 0h: LW: 12h

This course is designed for the first course in mechanics of materials offered to the 2nd engineering students. It deals with the internal effects (primarily stresses and strains) in a deformable solid boy due to external loads acting on it. The subject is also known as “Mechanics of Materials” or “Solid Mechanics.” It is useful in a variety of engineering areas including aerospace, mechanical and civil engineering and biomechanics. It provides theory and formulas that are directly applicable in the modeling, analysis, design, and testing of engineering devices and structures such as automobiles, airplanes, robots, machine tools, engines, ships, bridges, elevated guideways, and buildings.
Materials in this course are based on the understanding of a few basic concepts and on the use of simplified models. This approach makes it possible to develop all the necessary formulas in a rational and logical manner, and to clearly indicate the conditions under which they can be safely applied to the analysis and design of actual engineering structures and machine components. Free-body diagrams are used extensively throughout the text to determine external or internal forces. The use of “picture equations” will also help the students understand the superposition of loadings and the resulting stresses and deformations. It is expected that students using this text will have completed a course in statics. However, lectures are also designed to provide students with an opportunity to review the concepts learned in that course. The course consists of lectures, quizzes, class exercises, homework assignments, an intermediate examination, and a final examination.

SA 2.8 Product life-cycle management (3ECTS) - LC: 3h; TC: 3h: LW: 30h

The PLMCC (Product Lifecycle Competency Centre) is a state of the art training centre that delivers basic to advanced level trainings on Dassault Systèmes PLM tools (product lifecycle management). In industry, product lifecycle management is the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from inception, through engineering design and manufacture, to service and disposal of manufactured products. PLM integrates people, data, processes and business systems and provides a product information backbone for companies and their extended enterprise.

Semester 5 (30ECTS)

MS 3.1 Scientific writing (2ECTS)
Methods and tools for document research (bibliography), writing an effective report, writing a CV, how to prepare an effective oral presentation

SA 3.1  Automatism and Industrial data processing (4ECTS) - LC: 32h; TC: 4h: LW: 12h

Automatism/Industrial Data Processing is the creation and implementation of technology that automatically processes data transferring between industrial equipments or controlling specific operations. This subject covers industrial data communications including RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, industrial protocols, industrial networks, and communication requirements for ‘smart’ instrumentation.

SA 3.2 Signal and Image processing (4ECTS) - LC: 33h; TC: 10h: LW: 5h

This subject provides knowledges of ways to record, create, manipulate, and transform signals (such as speech, audio, image, video, electrocardiograms, etc.) These operations are fundamental to construct modern information and communication systems.

  • Knowledges on concepts of analog and digital signals, analog and digital system, and signal processing in the continuous – time and discrete – time domains.

  • Concepts of mathematical operations on signals, such as convolution, z – transform, fast Fourier transform...

  • Techniques to analyse signal processing systems and techniques to design digital filters.

SA 3.3  Introduction to Space systems (3ECTS) - LC: 30h; TC: 0h: LW: 6h

The objective of this course aims to provide an introduction of spacecraft systems. The content of course consists of space environment, space material and thermal protection, launch systems, spacecraft and ground station and mission operation. The small satellite development status will be presented in addition. This course will also be a prerequisite course for advanced courses in space technology

SA 3.4 Introduction to Astrophysics and Instrumentation (2ECTS) – LC: 20h; TC: 4h: LW: 6h

This course involves an elementary introduction to astrophysics, cosmology and instrumentation in ground and space astrophysics.  The logic is that students should know about the basics of astrophysics and cosmology, the major unanswered questions in the fields. Therefore, they will understand why, what and how we measure astrophysical quantities. Emphases are on understanding the principles of detecting electromagnetic waves at different wavelengths and some different particles. It is an exploratory, first course in instrumentation designed primarily for students planning to enroll in the regular-program astrophysics or related field such as space and application courses upon completion of this course. However, it also meets the needs of many students with other interests. Each lecture is planned to be discussed in 2 hours. With practical work and/or visit to astrophysics labs, students will see in reality how a telescope works, they will have chance to operate it, take data and make some simple data analysis.

SA 3.5  Product design by Catia (3ECTS) - LC: 6h; TC: 0h: LW: 30h

An advanced training about the multi disciplinary simulations available on the Catia V6 software, last version of the PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions delivered by Dassault Systems, world leader in the sector. Simulate any type of behavior (electric, hydraulic, logic, especially dynamic) in order to validate a solution in way to avoid the costly construction of a real prototype.
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SA 3.6  Communication, Antenna and Microwaves (4ECTS) - LC: 34h; TC: 6h: LW: 0h

Broad range of topics in the field of RF/Microwave engineering will be covered. In particular, a detailed discussion on transmission lines, waveguides, impedance matching, microwave resonators, RF filters, RF amplifiers, and passive RF and microwave devices (couplers, mixers, duplexers, etc.) will be presented. Concerning the microwave wireless communication systems, an introduction to antenna design as well as RF/Microwave communications link design will be provided (friis transmission equation space loss, link equation and link budget, effective isotropic radiated power and G/T parameters, radio/microwave links, satellite communication systems, mobile communication systems and wireless Cellular phones).

Semester 6 (30ECTS)

SA 3.7 Introduction to Relativity (2ECTS) - LC: 22h; TC: 8h: LW: 0h
This course introduces the basic ideas of special Relativity: equivalence principal, Lorentz transformation, energy-mass relation, relativistic effects and applications of special.

SA 3.8 Remote sensing of Earth’s surface (3ECTS) - LC: 15h; TC: 6h: LW: 15h

The course starts with a general overview of remote sensing applications with different illustrations consisting in images acquired by different space borne sensors.
The chapter 1 is focused on photometry, introducing the basis of the physics governing the remote sensing acquisitions according to the corresponding spectral domain. In addition to the introduction to the measured physical properties of the surface, applications of these concepts are given for the study of the terrestrial climate. The chapter 2 is dedicated to the basis in image processing. First, basic knowledge concerning numerical images are given. Then specific processing to remote sensing images are tackled. The last chapter (optional, treated if time permits) will tackle radar remote sensing. The basis of the physics governing the radar acquisitions is given and the specificity of the 3 space borne radar sensors (SAR, scatterometer, and altimeter) are given. Then, applications (polarimetry, interferometry) of SAR data are presented.

SA 3.9 Data acquisition and Satellite sensors (3ECTS) - LC: 15h; TC: 15h: LW: 6h

The course starts with a general overview of remote sensing applications with different illustrations consisting in images acquired by different spaceborne sensors.
The chapter 1 present a general properties of optical and radar sensors, acquisition modes, resolution, geometry. Chapter 2 focus on optical sensors and data, with discussion about spectral signatures and presentation of several sensors; with numerous applications. Extension will be done on LIDAR system. Chapter 3 focus on radar sensors and data, with discussion about backscattering, polarimetry, interferometry; presentation of several sensors, with numerous application.

SA 3.10 Space system design (3ECTS) - LC: 25h; TC: 5h: LW: 6h

This course concentrates on the design of spacecraft, including the impacts of the atmosphere and the space environment on requirements and configurations. The principals and design aspects of the structure, propulsion, power, thermal, communication, and control subsystems were studied. Student will assess key interactions between the various subsystems and their effects on the system performance. Acting as a single project team, students will design a satellite or space system from conception to critical design review.

SA 3.11 Space materials (3ECTS) LC: 26h; TC: 10h: LW: 0h

The objective is to give the basis of materials that used on satellites. We will focus our attention on thermal insulation materials that are fundamental to keep the satellites at a stable operational temperature. However this material that are also often good electric insulators and are ate the origin of spacecraft charging. These phenomena must be prevented that is why the mains discharges configuration must be understood. These objectives will be assessed during the class while practical exercises are performed and by final control.
Chapter 1: general introduction of the satellites orbit available; theirs characteristics, advantages and drawbacks
Chapter 2: description of the satellite and the importance of thermal control
Chapter 3: heating sources, Earth and satellite temperature variation
Chapter 4: introduction to the various tools used for satellite thermal control
Chapter 5: earth spatial environment and its composition and the danger that might be encountered by satellite depending on their orbit
Chapter 6: spacecraft charging phenomena and conditions to observe critical discharges
Chapter 7: some ground experiments that are necessary to understand the behaviour of the materials that are used in space environment.

SA 3.12 Photonics and Optoelectronics (2ECTS) - LC: 23h; TC: 5h: LW: 2h

This course cover the basics of physical optics and photonics. I will also cover the applications of photonics such as fibre optic communication and photon detectors. A laboratory visit during the course will provide students with some experience of doing modern research in optics and photonics.

SA 3.13 Monitoring natural hazards using remote sensing data (2ECTS) - LC: 16h; TC: 0h: LW: 8h

A natural hazard is a threat of a naturally occurring event that would have a negative effect on humans and on environment. Being able to monitor natural hazards is thus of great importance. This course will provide practical knowledge on the use of certain remote sensing data for monitoring some hazard types, including geological, environmental and hydro-meteorological hazards.

G 3.1 Group project (3ECTS)
I 3.1 Internship (9ECTS)