MAE 6720

MAE 6720

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2021-2022.

A graduate level course in astrodynamics and trajectory design. Course topics include a brief review of the two body problem, impulsive transfers, and perturbations; orbit determination and one-way ranging; algebraic and symplectic mappings and surfaces of section; the circular and elliptical 3-body problem, invariant manifolds and 3-body orbit design; secular and resonant perturbations; finite and continuous thrust modeling and transfer design. The course will emphasize numerical methods and building deep understanding of modern approaches to orbital design problems. Familiarity with basic orbital mechanics (at the level of MAE 4060 or equivalent) and numerical integration of dynamical systems will be assumed.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: advanced undergraduate course in dynamics or permission of instructor.

  • Students will be able to understand the evolution of orbits of spacecraft and natural bodies in response to various forces.
  • Students will be able to simulate and fit natural orbits and spacecraft trajectories using a variety of computational tools.
  • Students will be able to understand the inner workings of modern orbit design and analysis tools.
  • Students will be able to understand the dynamical behavior of planetary systems.

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASTRO 6579

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 19255 MAE 6720   LEC 001

    • MW Phillips Hall 213
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Savransky, D

  • Instruction Mode: In Person