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Advanced Level

Knowledge of vector calculus, linear algebra, particle dynamics, fixed axis rotation, and basic spring-mass-damper stability

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    Apply transport theorem to differentiate vectors, derive frame dependent velocity and acceleration vectors, and solve kinematic particle problems,

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    Translate between sets of attitude descriptions; add and subtract relative attitude descriptions for the movement of rigid bodies

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    Apply the static stability conditions of a dual-spinner configuration to derive equations of motion for rigid bodies with momentum exchange devices

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    Apply Lyapunov method to argue stability and convergence on a range of systems, analyze rigid body control convergence with unmodeled torque

Skills you will gain

kinematicsattitude dynamicskineticscontrol of nonlinear attitudespacecraft motion

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Advanced Level

Knowledge of vector calculus, linear algebra, particle dynamics, fixed axis rotation, and basic spring-mass-damper stability

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

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There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Kinematics: Describing the Motions of Spacecraft

4.9
94 ratings
27 reviews
Course2

Kinetics: Studying Spacecraft Motion

4.8
32 ratings
7 reviews
Course3

Control of Nonlinear Spacecraft Attitude Motion

4.7
31 ratings
7 reviews
Course4

Spacecraft Dynamics Capstone: Mars Mission

4.8
8 ratings
1 reviews

Instructor

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Hanspeter Schaub

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

About University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies....

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  • While it is recommended to take the specialization in the order Kinematics, Kinetics, Control, Capstone Mission, it is not a hard requirement.

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