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Specialization
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
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Advanced Level

Advanced Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Introduction to the Mission

The goal of this capstone spacecraft dynamics project is to employ the skills developed in the rigid body kinematics, kinetics and control courses. An exciting two-spacecraft mission to Mars is considered where a primary mother craft is in communication with a daughter vehicle in another orbit. The challenges include determining the kinematics of the orbit frame and several desired reference frames, numerically simulating the attitude dynamics of the spacecraft in orbit, and implementing a feedback control that then drives different spacecraft body frames to a range of mission modes including sun pointing for power generation, nadir pointing for science gathering, mother spacecraft pointing for communication and data transfer. Finally, an integrated mission simulation is developed that implements these attitude modes and explores the resulting autonomous closed-loop performance. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 4 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Mission Illustration40s
Reading1 reading
Mission Instructions45m
Week
2
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Orbits

Tasks 1 and 2 use three-dimensional kinematics to create the mission related orbit simulation and the associated orbit frames. The introductory step ensures the satellite is undergoing the correct motion, and that the orbit frame orientation relative to the planet is being properly evaluated....
Reading
4 quizzes
Quiz2 practice exercises
Honor Code Agreement
Honor Code Agreement
Week
3
Hours to complete
9 hours to complete

Reference Frame Orientation

Tasks 3 through 5 create the required attitude reference frame for the three attitude pointing modes called sun-pointing, nadir-pointing and GMO-pointing. The reference attitude frame is a critical component to ensure the feedback control drives the satellite to the desired orientation. The control employed remains the same for all three pointing modes, but the performance is different because different attitude reference frames are employed. ...
Reading
6 quizzes
Quiz3 practice exercises
Honor Code Agreement
Honor Code Agreement
Honor Code Agreement
Week
4
Hours to complete
7 hours to complete

Attitude Evaluation and Simulator

Tasks 6 through 7 create simulation routines to first evaluate the attitude tracking error between a body-fixed frame and a particular reference frame of the current attitude mode. Next the inertial attitude dynamics is evaluated through a numerical simulation to be able to numerically analyze the control performance....
Reading
4 quizzes
Quiz2 practice exercises
Honor Code Agreement
Honor Code Agreement

Instructor

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Hanspeter Schaub

Glenn L. Murphy Chair of Engineering, Professor
Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences

About University of Colorado Boulder

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About the Spacecraft Dynamics and Control Specialization

Spacecraft Dynamics and Control covers three core topic areas: the description of the motion and rates of motion of rigid bodies (Kinematics), developing the equations of motion that prediction the movement of rigid bodies taking into account mass, torque, and inertia (Kinetics), and finally non-linear controls to program specific orientations and achieve precise aiming goals in three-dimensional space (Control). The specialization invites learners to develop competency in these three areas through targeted content delivery, continuous concept reinforcement, and project applications. The goal of the specialization is to introduce the theories related to spacecraft dynamics and control. This includes the three-dimensional description of orientation, creating the dynamical rotation models, as well as the feedback control development to achieve desired attitude trajectories....
Spacecraft Dynamics and Control

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