Communications Engineering Lab

Major 19: Aerospace Systems

Joint major of Institut für Hochfrequenztechnik und Elektronik (IHE External Link) and Institut für Nachrichtentechnik (CEL External Link)


General Comments

The field of aerospace systems requires research and development of airplanes, spacecrafts, satellites and many more. Ideas and technologies originally developed for aerospace systems turned out to inspire and to influence world-wide communication, mobility, security and, last but not least, economy and quality of life.

Aerospace systems are naturally necessitating teams of international partners. Thus, European countries have been cooperating in projects as, e.g., Airbus, Ariane, Eurofighter, Eurocoptern and ISS, for a very long time and several word-wide partnerships and collaborations have been established.


Application of Aerospace Systems

Aerospace systems require knowledge on analysis and synthesis of complex systems, comprising among others microwave technology, antenna design, communications, coding… When analyzing such systems prospective engineers are getting qualified to work in interdisciplinary teams and to contribute creatively to the complete system.


Bachelor and Master Theses

Within their Bachelor and Master theses graduates are contributing on state of the art topics of current research. Close cooperation of IHE and CEL offers numerous opportunities so that students are enabled to shape their individual profile. Information on current research topics can be found on homepages of IHE and CEL.


Mandatory modules

Basics of major Sem SWS
Nachrichtentechnik II / Communications Engineering II (CEL) SS / WS 2+1
Messstechnik (IIIT) WS 2+1
Antennen und Mehrantennensysteme (IHE) WS 3+1
Mandatory courses Sem SWS
Numerische Methoden (Institut f. Analysis) SS 2+1
Optimization of Dynamic Systems (IRS) WS 2+1
Verfahren zur Kanalcodierung (CEL) SS 2+0
Informationsfusion (IIIT) WS 2+1
Spaceborne Radar Remote Sensing (IHE) SS 2+1+1
Satellitengeodäsie für Ingenieure SS 2+1
Microwave Laboratory I (IHE) SS 4
oder Praktikum Hochfrequenzlaboratorium II (IHE) WS 4
oder Praktikum Nachrichtentechnik (CEL) WS+SS 4
oder Praktikum Automatisierungstechnik (IRS) WS+SS 4

Note: The credits (LP) being assigned to the "Semesterwochenstunden" (SWS) can be found in the description of the according lecture.


Mandatory modules (Start of Master before WS 2018/19)

The major 19 is a joint major of Institut für Hochfrequenztechnik und Elektronik (IHE), Institut für Theoretische Elektrotechnik und Systemoptimierung (ITE) and Institut für Nachrichtentechnik. More detailed information can be found at the homepage of Institut für Theoretische Elektrotechnik und Systemoptimierung - ITE:  - Studium und Lehre - Studienmodelle - Master-Studienmodell 19: Ausrüstungssysteme der Luft- und Raumfahrt

Within this major students have the possibility to do an internship or a student project in Fairbanks, Alaska. Please check hier for detailed information.


Elective modules

Several possible elective courses are listed below. Additionally, lectures of the department ETIT and on a limitied scale from other departments may be chosen if they make sense within your major. All choices have to be approved by your study advisor.

Elective courses Sem SWS
Machine Learning and Optimization in Communications (CEL) SS 2+1
Channel Coding: Graph-Based Codes (CEL) WS 3+1
Quellencodierung (CEL) SS 2+0
Seminar: Ausgewählte Kapitel der Nachrichtentechnik (CEL) WS+SS 3+0
Praktikum Nachrichtentechnik (CEL) WS+SS 0+4
Signalverarbeitung in der Nachrichtentechnik (CEL) SS 2+1
Angewandte Informationstheorie (CEL) WS 3+1
Channel Coding: Algebraic Methods for Communications and Storage (CEL) SS 2+0
Quanteneffektbauelemente und Halbleitertechnologie (IPQ) SS 2+0
Regelung linearer Mehrgrößensysteme (IRS) WS 2+1
Nichtlineare Regelungssysteme (IRS) SS 2+0
Wave Propagation and Radio Channels for Mobile Communications (IHE) SS 2+1
Praktikum Hochfrequenzlaboratorium II (IHE) WS 0+4
Radio Frequency Electronics (IHE) WS 2+1+1
Radar Systems Engineering (IHE) WS 2+1
Microwave Laboratory I (IHE) SS 0+4
Seminar Radar- und Kommunikationssysteme (IHE) WS+SS 3+0
Spaceborne SAR Remote Sensing  (IHE) SS 2+1
Optoelectronic Components (IPQ) WS 2+1
Optical Waveguides and Fibers (IPQ) WS 2+1
Fieldpropagation and Coherence (IPQ) WS 2+1
Nonlinear Optics (IPQ) SS 2+1
Design analoger Schaltkreise (IMS) WS 2+1
Design digitaler Schlatkreise (IMS) SS 2+1


Soft skills

In addition to the mandatory courses and the electives, so-called "überfachliche Qualifikationen" (soft skills, ÜQ) have to be completed. They habe to cover 6 credits (LP) and should be chosen from department ETIT or others. Those ÜQ can be selected at will as long as their content is not technical.
Possible choices are modules sind within the area of economy, social sciences, the „Centre for Cultural and General Studies“ (ZAK) oder dem „House of Competence“ (HoC):

  • Business administration
  • Language courses
  • ...

Please note that no ETIT-elective may be chosen as ÜQ.


Contact information

Institut für Hochfrequenztechnik und Elektronik     External Link

Head of institute: Prof. Dr. Ing. Ahmet Cagri Ulusoy, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Zwick
Gebäude 30.10

Study advisor:
Dr.-Ing. Mario Pauli
Tel.: 0721 / 608-46259
Fax: 0721 / 608-45027
E-Mail: mario.pauli∂


Institut für Nachrichtentechnik

Head of institute: Prof. Dr. Laurent Schmalen
Gebäude 05.01

Study advisor:
Dr.-Ing. Holger Jäkel
Tel.: 0721 / 608-46272
Fax: 0721 / 608-46071
E-Mail: holger.jaekel∂kit edu