MASTA 2017 - Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)


Space technology and its applications, the most fascinating technical achievement of the human race in the last four decades, has undoubtedly advanced with great stride. The various practical benefits of space technology play a central role in international development efforts.

In order to transform the recommendations of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications (UN-PSA) into a practical and an operational program, Beihang University has initiated the Master program on Space Technology Applications (MASTA) since 2006, and the program has been held nine times successfully till now. 100 students have graduated and got the Master’s Degree on Space Technology Applications. 61 MASTA students from 18 countries are studying at Beihang in 2016.

MASTA is an elaborately designed and intensive Master program for students who are interested in exploring the mysterious universe. This application-oriented program focuses on both knowledge acquisition and operational training. It aims to deliver International, Interdisciplinary, Intercultural, Innovative, Identical (5Is) education and provide a powerful platform for scholars and professionals to obtain more opportunities for communicating and experiencing the space technology practice in China.

MASTA is designed to give participants a competitive edge by:

>  Broadening their knowledge on space-related issues and activities and encouraging participants to use acquired knowledge and skills through practical, hands-on experience

> Developing the skills necessary for working effectively with colleagues from a diverse range of disciplines and cultures

> Placing the participants at the frontier of the industry through contact with space professionals

> Complying with international conventions

> Modularized curricula design

> Flexible study modes

This program is carried out according to the regulations and requirements of Beihang University. The total duration of study is 1 year and 9 months in general.

Introduction to RCSSTEAP (China)

The Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (China) (affiliated to the United Nations) (RCSSTEAP in short) was established on November 17, 2014. The Centre is located at the main campus of Beihang University, Beijing, China.

The Centre, as an education and training entity supported by the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), was established with a mission to promote the peaceful use of space technologies for the benefit of humanity and to sensitize the countries within the region about space science and technology activities by educating and creating awareness through training, workshops, short courses, and outreaches. It seeks to contribute to the implementation of “Space Applications Program” promoted by COPUOS and to the enhancement of the education and training level as well as application capacity of space science and technology in Member States of the Centre through capacity building, information communication, training programs and professional visits.

For the purpose of facilitating the UN Space Applications Program and demands of the Asia-Pacific countries regarding space science and technology education, the Centre offers degree and non-degree programs with academic exchanges and consultation carrying out in the field of space technology applications.

The main education and training fields of the Centre include Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System, Satellite Communications, Global Navigation Satellite System, Micro-satellite Technology, Space Law and Policy, etc.

The Centre has established extensive cooperation with space industries. A variety of internships and hands on opportunities are provided to the participants.

The Centre has internationally qualified academic and administrative staff with excellent facilities for education, accommodation and recreation.

Presently, the Centre has 10 member countries including Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Peru and Venezuela.

Application Qualifications

> The applicant should be under the age of 35 in general;

> The applicant should have some professional experiences of working in space technology industry or research institutes;

> The applicant should have Bachelor Degree of