Clayton First semester 2008 (Day)
This unit gives an overview of the fundamental methods of orbital mechanics and spaceflight dynamics. It provides students with a coherent and unified framework for the mathematical modelling, analysis and control of space vehicles. The focus will be on the physical phenomena and analytical procedures required to understand and predict the behaviour of orbiting spacecraft. The students will see and appreciate how these methods are applied to real space systems and why spaceflight dynamics is a crucial tool in the development of any type of space mission.
The development and integration of students' knowledge in the theory of mechanics, electronics and physics based on previous study leading towards a mature understanding of current spaceflight dynamics technology within both a guided and self-learning environment.
Project work 20%
Examination (3 hours): 50%
3 hours lectures, 2 hours practical classes and 7 hours of private study per week