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Course Details

Course Code: SPST305 Course ID: 3692 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Students taking this course compute and calculate satellite orbits, planetary orbits, solar system orbits, and other essential space orbits. Designed for the non-scientist student, this course provides a fundamental understanding of how orbital mechanics works in space. (Prerequisites: MATH111 and SPST200)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
05/21/2022 - 11/04/2022 11/07/2022 - 01/01/2023 November Fall 2022 Session I 8 Week session
07/25/2022 - 12/30/2022 01/02/2023 - 02/26/2023 January Winter 2023 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • CO-1 Describe the laws of planetary motion and gravitation that illustrates the effects that gravity has on two-body mechanics.

  • CO-2 Identify the four different types of orbits and their special characteristics.

  • CO-3 Calculate the orbital components and perturbations for elliptical and circular orbits.

  • CO-4 Determine orbital elements and organize them into two-line element sets given an orbit’s radius and velocity vectors.

  • CO-5 Compute spacecraft maneuvers including transfer orbits and rendezvous.

  • CO-6 Compute the ΔV, escape trajectories, impact requirements, and time-of-flight required for a patched-conic section transfer orbit from Earth to another planet.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • CO-1 Describe the laws of planetary motion and gravitation that illustrates the effects that gravity has on two-body mechanics.

  • CO-2 Identify the four different types of orbits and their special characteristics.

  • CO-3 Calculate the orbital components and perturbations for elliptical and circular orbits.

  • CO-4 Determine orbital elements and organize them into two-line element sets given an orbit’s radius and velocity vectors.

  • CO-5 Compute spacecraft maneuvers including transfer orbits and rendezvous.

  • CO-6 Compute the ΔV, escape trajectories, impact requirements, and time-of-flight required for a patched-conic section transfer orbit from Earth to another planet.
Book Title:Understanding Space - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom
ISBN:9780073407753
Publication Info:VS-McGraw-Hill
Author:Sellers
Unit Cost:$87.21
Electronic ISBN:1259215202
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.