Course: ARO 309: Orbital Mechanics (3 units)
Description: This course provides a basic knowledge of spacecraft mission design, including orbits and trajectories, orbital environment, orbital maneuvering and rendezvous, and interplanetary transfers. You will obtain an appreciation for the fundamental design issues and constraints associated with the launching and operation of spacecraft and will acquire basic skills in engineering design and problem solving by hand analysis and using computer tools such as FreeFlyer and MATLAB®.
Prerequisite: ARO102, ARO203 and ME215. Fundamental knowledge of mechanical systems (dynamics and kinematics of particle and rigid bodies) is required. Also, basic knowledge about ordinary differential equations is needed.
Section 03: 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM MW (14481) Room 17-1623
Text Book: H. Curtis, Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students, Butterworth-Heinemann
Grades: 20% Homework, 20% Project, 30% Midterm, 30% Final
|Homework No.||Date Due||Link|
rkf45 (please rename file to one with a .m extension)
|Midterm||2/08 from 6 – 7:15 PM|
|Finals||3/13 from 6 – 8 PM|
Matlab (more advanced)
FreeFlyer University Guide
Lambert Targeters by Rody P.S. Oldenhuis
Interplanetary Trajectories in STK (in Few Hundred Easy Steps)
AGI STK Example