317.014 Advanced Space Propulsion Systems
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to:

  • give an overview of current and future space propulsion systems
  • make basic calculations regarding propulsion capabilities
  • explain the limits of application for different space propulsion concepts

Subject of course

  • Propulsion Fundamentals: History, Basic Equations, Trajectories and Orbits, Classification
  • Chemical Propulsion: Overview, Nozzle Design, Alternative Propellants, Reuseable Launch Vehicles
  • Launch Assist Technologies: Reduction of Required Acceleration, Advanced Drag Reduction, Magnetohydrodynamic Propulsion
  • Nuclear Propulsion: Overview, Fission Propulsion, Fusion Propulsion, Radioisotope Rockets, Antimatter Propulsion Electric Propulsion: Electrothermal, Electrostatic, Electromagnetic-Propulsion, Induced Spacecraft Interactions
  • Micropropulsion: Chemical and Electric Propulsion Propellantless Propulsion: Tether, Photon Rocket, Laserpropulsion, Solar Sail, Magnetic Sail
  • Breakthrough Propulsion: Present Borders of Space Propulsion, New Physics to Control Gravitation, When will there be a revolution in Space Travel?

Teaching methods

  • Presentation of video material
  • Discussion of advantages and disadvantages of different propulsion concepts
  • Discussion of case studies

Mode of examination


Additional information

Homepage: https://www.ilsb.tuwien.ac.at/~tajmar/

APPOINTMENT: 28 March - 30 March, 2022 - Course is held blocked


Due to the pandemic, the format for holding the LVA may vary.

Presentation of video material and flight ready thruster hardware.

In english



Course dates

Mon09:00 - 13:0028.03.2022EI 11 Geodäsie HS - GEO Advanced Space Propulsion Systems
Mon13:00 - 17:0028.03.2022EI 5 Hochenegg HS Advanced Space Propulsion Systems
Tue09:00 - 17:0029.03.2022HS 14A Günther Feuerstein Advanced Space Propulsion Systems
Wed09:00 - 14:0030.03.2022GM 3 Vortmann Hörsaal - VT Advanced Space Propulsion Systems
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

written examination on end of course

Course registration

Use Group Registration to register.

Group Registration

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Lecture summary in files, when you in group 317.014, you need the password, and in the TUWEL-COURSE


M. Tajmar, "Advanced Space Propulsion Systems", Springer Wien-NewYork, 2003 ISBN 3-211-83862-7, Lehrmittelzentrum Price: EUR 30,0

Previous knowledge

Basic Physics, English