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ELEC1208 Flight Mechanics and Aerospace Systems Engineering

Module Overview

This module will provide the essentials of modelling and understanding the dynamics of aerospace vehicles: equations of motion derived from first principles, sensing and actuation systems and their limitations, model verification, implications for guidance and control.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Equations of motion for aerospace vehicles
  • Specification of sensors and actuators and their limitations
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understanding the dynamics of aerospace vehicles
  • Overall system integration and verification.
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Model validation


- Terminology for aerospace vehicles - In flight performance - In flight disturbances and their modelling - Simplification of the equations of motion - Validation of models for a range of situations - Sensors and actuators - Overall system integration - Introduction to the use of validated models for guidance and control - Case studies

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and supporting tutorials, laboratories focusing on system simulation and verification.

Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Follow-up work18
Completion of assessment task10
Wider reading or practice46
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 80%
Skills Laboratories 10%
Technical Laboratories 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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