AA 270: Distributed Space Systems
Keplerian orbital mechanics and orbital perturbations; the general relative motion problem; linear formation flying dynamics and control; impulsive stationkeeping and reconfiguration; high order relative motion equations; formulation of relative motion using orbital elements; perturbationinvariant formations; nonlinear formation control; lowthrust propulsion for formation flying; relative navigation using GNSS and optical navigation; applications: sparseaperture imaging, remote sensing, onorbit servicing, rendezvous, and docking. Prerequisite:
AA 242A,
ENGR 105,
AA 279A, and familiarity with MatLab.
Terms: Aut

Units: 3

Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors:
D'Amico, S. (PI)
AA 279A: Space Mechanics
Orbits of nearearth satellites and interplanetary probes; relative motion in orbit; transfer and rendezvous; orbit determination; influence of earth's oblateness; sun and moon effects on earth satellites; decay of satellite orbits; invited lectures from industry. Prerequisite:
ENGR 15 or equivalent, and familiarity with MatLab (or another mathematical programming language).
Terms: Win

Units: 3

Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors:
D'Amico, S. (PI)
AA 279B: Advanced Space Mechanics
Restricted 3body problem. Relative motion, Hill's and ClohessyWiltshire equations. Lambert's problem. Satellite constellations and optimization. Communications and link budgets. Space debris. High fidelity simulation. Interplanetary mission planning, launch windows and gravity assists. Basic trajectory optimization. Several guest lectures from practitioners in the field. Individual final project chosen in consultation with instructor. Prerequisites: 279A or equivalent with permission of instructor. Fluency with MATLAB (or another mathematical programming language with 2D and 3D plotting capabilities).
Terms: Spr

Units: 3

Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors:
Barrows, A. (PI)
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