Space Engineering Program Profile

Last Updated : Oct 29, 2018

Bachelor of Engineering 
+ Co-op (Optional) 
+ Dual Degree: BA Int'l Development Studies 

New frontiers offer new challenges. Lassonde’s Space Engineering program will equip you with the technical skills required to design solutions to Earth’s problems using space-based assets while utilizing the principles of systems engineering.

These solutions require knowledge of all engineering disciplines combined with the knowledge of the unique space environment – both in-orbit and on other planets. You will look at the interface of engineering and science through payload and instrument design. Learn from real space missions, starting with initial concept design to hardware and software design, manufacturing, testing and in-orbit operations.

Delve into concepts ranging from spacecraft structures, orbit control and space-to-ground communications to flight software and robotics. As a student, you will learn and practice the design and management of complex multidisciplinary projects that enable missions to the far reaches of the solar system. Beyond these systems engineering skills, the Space Engineering program also helps you develop payload design and development capabilities, understanding scientific phenomena on the Earth and in space, and designing engineering instruments to measure them.

The co-op program after second year, allows you to gain professional experience within space companies and agencies and other fields that require your systems and payload engineering skills.


• Ability to apply theory learned in the classroom to course labs, projects and assignments as well as
  in extra-curicular competitions and student clubs

• Advanced knowledge of the systems engineering process and the cross-section of engineering 
  disciplines needed for designing and developing a space mission

 Payload design and development, covering Earth and Space science, and measurement and
  instrumentation design to interact with this science.

 Space mission and vehicle design, space communications, space environment and orbital dynamics
 Use of software tools for designing and modelling projects involving robotics; Earth observation,
  planetary missions, communications systems and other space applications is emphasized while
  frequently using industry standard tools

 Hardware laboratories provide hands-on learning for many subsystems required in spacecraft design
 Valuable experience with hardware test methods required prior to spaceflight
 Apply your multidisciplinary engineering design, prototyping and assembly skills through the 
  capstone project, with an introduction to business case plan development

• Opportunities to participate in courses offered by Osgoode Hall Law School (Intellectual Property
  and Patent Law) and Schulich School of Business (Business Leadership and Entrepreneurship)


• Social and communication skills gained through club membership and leadership opportunities
  (Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, Rover Team and more)

• Teamwork acumen gained through multiple collaborative activities, culminating in a capstone


First Year: 
• Chemistry & Material Science 
• Object-Oriented Programming 
• Engineering - Ethics, Communication & Problem-Solving 
• Engineering - Design Principles 
• Calculus 
• Algebra 
• Physics 
• Earth Environment 

Upper Year: 

• Space Systems Engineering
• Engineering Projects: Management, Economics and Safety
• Mechanisms 
• Space Hardware
• Electronics I and II
• Introduction to Space Communications
• Physics of the Space Applications
• Materials for Space Applications
• Heat Transfer and Thermal Design
• Time Series and Spectral Analysis
• Payload Design
• Space Mission Design
• Introduction to Control Systems
• Dynamics of Space Vehicles 


• Space Industry
• Space Agencies
• High–reliability engineering
• Telecommunications
• Robots and Automation
• Remote Sensing
• Systems Engineering 

• Instrumentation and design


• Canadian Space Agency
• Canadensys
• eSight Corporation

• Cheelcare

Check out a sample first-year Engineering schedule

For more information on course descriptions and degree completion requirements, check out the Academic Calendar.

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