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Aerospace Engineering | Master

The study course Aerospace Engineering at the FHWN is a unique opportunity to both learn the theoretical basics of aerospace as well as applying them. The various projects offered in the course of studies and/or in cooperation with the European Space Agency and industry allow you to gain relevant practical experience already during your studies. During your entire studies at the FHWN, you will be supervised by experts from industry and research who will ensure that you are up to date in your education.

Traditionally, engineers with an aerospace education work in almost all technical fields. This also applies to our former students. Our alumnae work for Airbus, OHB, Diamond Aircraft, RUAG, TTTech and other aerospace companies as well as for companies dealing with power electronics, alternative energies, automotive industry, robotics and many other topics. Indeed, an education in aerospace opens doors to the world.

The Aerospace Engineering department has three laboratories which are actively used in the programme. They are available to students for projects. The equipment of the laboratories for aerospace engineering includes several vacuum chambers, test facilities for the development of satellites (Helmholtz coil, thermal vacuum chamber, sun simulator etc.). In the field of aeronautics, a test rig for drone propellers and a wind tunnel (open construction, wind speeds up to 12 m/s) are available. An in-house laboratory is used to manufacture parts made of fibre composites and to carry out material tests. Based your interests we would look forward to your cooperation in these projects.

We use several software packages for flow calculation: through our university license you have access to both ANSYS flow solvers. Additionally, we also use open-source codes and software under the GNU-GPL license. OpenFOAM, SU2, Xfoil, XFLR5 are given as examples. Different public domain codes of NASA are also used if required. Since the simulation of flows is a focal point of the course, you will receive personal peer-to-peer support on your way to becoming a CFD expert.

Our education license for ANSYS gives you access to all ANSYS structure solvers.

Orbital calculations are performed with the commercially available software STK. STK enables detailed and highly realistic planning of space missions including all propulsion maneuvers, link budgets, power budgets and much more. In addition, you will learn how to calculate collision probabilities (space debris) using the DRAMA software. Furthermore, you will be introduced to the open source software CEA to calculate combustion processes in a chemical space propulsion system.

Yes, the University of Applied Sciences has been running a Cubesat programme since 2013. The first CubeSat PEGASUS was successfully developed and launched in 2017 and has been in operation since then. Currently several satellites are under development. One of them is the 3U CubeSat CLIMB which is equipped with a propulsion system developed by the FHWN and will explore the dangerous areas of the Van Allen Belt. These projects are carried out by you and your fellow students and without your support and enthusiasm we would not be so successful!

For CAD we mainly use CATIA. For general mathematical calculations we use MATLAB. If you already have previous knowledge in other programs, you can of course continue to use those.

Yes, aerospace is inconceivable without mechatronics, mechanical engineering and electronics. Both numerically and experimentally, there are many different ways to combine your existing knowledge with the contents of the Master's program. Among other things, the two project courses in the second and third semester are ideal for this purpose.

Yes, together with our students we are developing a concept of a transport drone. We are also working on an experimental implementation of the aircraft in the form of an R/C model with a wingspan of about 3.5 m. We are happy to accept your support for this project.

The aerospace master’s programme is THE place for all those who are interested in propulsion systems for space travel. With our research facility FOTEC and on behalf of ESA and the European Commission, we carry out trend-setting research projects in the field of space propulsion systems. We are so successful that we founded a start-up in 2018 (https://www.enpulsion.com/) which is internationally acclaimed.