TU Delft is home to one of the leading academic programmes in aerospace technology in Europe. The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering draws upon a long history of technical excellence, innovation and teaching performance, preparing graduates to contribute to this dynamic sector with technically imaginative and commercially viable solutions.

In the MSc programme Aerospace Engineering, the master track Space Flight features the profile Planetary Exploration.

Our courses

Within the MSc profile Space Exploration, our staff is responsible for various courses, such as Planetary Sciences I and Planetary Sciences II. Planetary Science 1 offers an introduction to planetary science based on the book Fundamental Planetary Science by Lissauer and de Pater, and is mandatory for all Space Engineering MSc students. Planetary Science 2 focuses on some of our research topics such as planetary atmospheres, rings, comets, gravity field, planetary interiors. Our staff also teaches in courses on orbit determination on the estimation of gravity field from satellite orbits, and in courses on orbit propagation.

Students enrolled at Space Exploration

Students already enrolled at the MSc track Space Flight in the profile Space Exploration can find a list on BrightSpace of possible thesis topics in Astrodynamics & Space Missions and Planetary Exploration and associated supervisors. Please consult the suggested topics to help you prepare for choosing a thesis subject. All MSc and PhD theses are online on the thesis repository where you can search for name of the staff member involved.

Educational facilities

Delft Meteorite Lab

The Delft Meteorite Lab is a virtual collection of 3-D models of meteorites, impact rocks and other objects created for online teaching in planetary science courses at the Aerospace Engineering faculty of TU Delft. The collection is the first of its kind in the Netherlands and is based on photorealistic digital 3-D models that were created using photogrammetry. A selection is hosted online via the publicly accessible platform Sketchfab where learners can interact with the models by rotating, panning and zooming (see example below). The collection will continue to grow and future releases will include models of other meteorites and impact rocks, the Dutch meteorites and more examples of ‘meteorwrongs’.