Spacecraft Dynamics and Control

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Introduces the concepts of spacecraft orbital mechanics and attitude dynamics. Orbital mechanics is the study of the positional motion, while attitude dynamics describes the orientation of the spacecraft. Topics include: review of rotational kinematics and dynamics, orbital mechanics, gravity turn and trajectory optimization, orbit lifetimes, three-body problem, orbit perturbations, orbit determination, spacecraft dynamics, spinning and three-axis stabilized spacecraft, and attitude determination.

Text: Schaub, H., and Junkins, J.L, "Analytical Mechanics of Space Systems" 2nd Edition, AIAA Educational Series, Reston, VA 2009

  • Orbital Dynamics
    • Introduction and Vectors
    • Introduction to Orbital Dynamics
    • Ellipses, Kepler and Newton
    • Angular Momentum & Newton's Law
    • The Two-Body Problem
    • Kepler's Equation
    • Orbital Coordinate Systems
    • Lagrange/Gibbs F and G Solution
    • Spacecraft Formation Flying
    • Orbita Determination
    • Earth-Satellite Operations
  • Attitude Dynamics
    • Transport Theorem
    • Newtonian Mechanics
    • Angular Momentum & Kinetic Energy
    • Attitude Matrix
    • Attitude Representations
    • Attitude Kinematics
    • Rotational Dynamics
    • Inertia and Kinetic Energy
    • Euler's Rotational Equations
    • Energy/Momentum Integrals and Attitude Control
    • Attitude Determination and Feedback Attitude Control
    • Spacecraft Missions

Years Taught: Spring '07, Spring '08, Spring'09, Spring '10, Spring '11, Spring '12, Spring '13, Spring '14, Spring '15