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Spacecraft Orbital Mechanics

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 7
Module lead
Alexander Wittig

Module overview

This module introduces students to the fundamental concepts of spaceflight orbital mechanics and then elaborates on trajectory design for planet centred and interplanetary missions. Starting from a review of Keplerian motion introduced in earlier modules, it covers the design and characterisation of planet-centred orbits in presence of perturbations and orbital transfer manoeuvres. The module investigates the modelling of orbital perturbation, Earth-bound and interplanetary trajectory design, gravity assist manoeuvres, and rendezvous & docking dynamics. Furthermore, techniques for analytical and numerical orbit propagation and orbit determination from observations will be considered. Finally, an introduction to concepts of modern dynamical system theory applied to missions to and around the libration points in the circular restricted three body problem will be presented.

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: SESA2024 or equivalent This module is REQUIRED for the following: MSc Space Systems Engineering (3893-1) MPhys with Space Science BSc Physics with Space Science It is OPTIONAL for all of the following: MEng Aero & Astro MEng Aero & Astro with Placement Aerodynamics Aerodynamics with Placement Airvehicle Systems & Design Airvehicle Systems & Design with Placement Comp Eng & Design Comp Eng & Design with Placement Engineering Management Engineering Management with Placement Materials and Structures Materials and Structures with Placement Semester Abroad: Semester One Semester Abroad: Semester One with Placement Semester Abroad: Semester Two Semester Abroad: Semester Two with Placement Semester in Industry Semester in Industry with Placement Spacecraft Engineering Spacecraft Engineering with Placement

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