Space and Astronautical Engineering in Rome

The Space and Astronautical Engineering Masters Programme (SAEM) provides students with specific skills related to Space mission planning and the analysis and design of launch vehicles, satellites and remote metering and telemetry systems. The programme emphasises system-related and interdisciplinary aspects and is closely linked with research and innovation activities in the Italian and European aerospace industries.


The programme in Aerospace Engineering, which is part of the SAEM degree programme, is held entirely in English and provides students with advanced concepts, professional training and specific engineering skills, enabling them to address complex issues requiring analysis, development, simulation and optimization in a wide range of aerospace-related topics. The course also provides an appropriate level of expertise in basic Space access technologies, the utilisation of terrestrial orbits, and Space exploration, with particular reference to the systemic and scientific aspects of launch vehicles, interplanetary missions by astronautical vehicles, and manned Space missions. The student learns to use the most advanced investigative and design tools for innovation in the aerospace industry, e.g. improving the performance of launch systems to reduce the cost of entry into orbit per unit mass of payload, payload mass reduction (for platforms, sensors, and power units) and increasing the efficiency and utilisation of the available on-board power. In year one, students acquire knowledge related to major areas of Space engineering such as spaceflight mechanics and altitude dynamics, Systems and control theory, compressible fluid dynamics, propulsion, Structures and Space systems; whereas during the second year, students select follow-up courses from a wide range of topics directly related to Space and Aeronautical Engineering.