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About the Course

As they tumble through space, objects like spacecraft move in dynamical ways. Understanding and predicting the equations that represent that motion is critical to the safety and efficacy of spacecraft mission development. Kinetics: Modeling the Motions of Spacecraft trains your skills in topics like rigid body angular momentum and kinetic energy expression shown in a coordinate frame agnostic manner, single and dual rigid body systems tumbling without the forces of external torque, how differential gravity across a rigid body is approximated to the first order to study disturbances in both the attitude and orbital motion, and how these systems change when general momentum exchange devices are introduced. After this course, you will be able to... *Derive from basic angular momentum formulation the rotational equations of motion and predict and determine torque-free motion equilibria and associated stabilities * Develop equations of motion for a rigid body with multiple spinning components and derive and apply the gravity gradient torque * Apply the static stability conditions of a dual-spinner configuration and predict changes as momentum exchange devices are introduced * Derive equations of motion for systems in which various momentum exchange devices are present Please note: this is an advanced course, best suited for working engineers or students with college-level knowledge in mathematics and physics....

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great lectures highly recommended for space enthusiasts


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A good course to understand concept and practical evaluation process to useit on field.

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By Samy E H

Jul 28, 2020

Extremely interesting class. Yet, compared to the previous, a bit more "numerical" exercices, with simulation and programs to do, in order to test the solutions and know we have programmed the right things, would make it earn this fifth star! Thanks Prof Schaub!

By Rodrigo N S

Aug 17, 2020

Great teacher, great course. I recommend studying with the book since it's not an easy topic.

The first course was a bit better since there were more programming exercises to train.

By Ashwini P

May 7, 2021

Great course !!

By Troy W

Feb 17, 2018

Works for me.

By Peter N

May 21, 2024

Lot's of great information in here, but the assignments are incredibly frustrating. They assume you have knowledge that isn't gone over in class, such as perturbation theory and there's hardly any review of basic rigid body dynamics before throwing you into the deep end. Plus there is literally 0 help available. The instructor appears to have abandoned the course and there are no active mentors for the course. Plus the final course assignment is a peer reviewed assignment and there are very few learners in this course, so it'll likely take weeks for your assignment to be reviewed. Overall this course has been my worst experience with coursera so far.