Applied Control in Astronautics


Credit Hours:


Course Description:

Dynamical systems considered in the context of spaceflight are largely different
from those of ground-based systems. The objective of this course is to introduce students to the theoretical and practical foundations of control techniques with an emphasis on its application to dynamical systems in astronautics, such as spacecraft attitude, orbit, and relative motions.

Learning Objectives: By the end of the course, students will be able to:
• acquire fundamental knowledge about control techniques for dynamical systems in astronautics;
• apply the learned theories to design appropriate controllers for a range of spaceflight problems;
• develop original computation software using a programming language to numerically simulate the
spacecraft motion under control;
• assess the controller performance and resulting dynamical properties analytically and numerically;
• present and communicate their technical approaches to problems, their analysis/numerical results, and their interpretation in written and presentation formats