SG2805 Rymdfarkosters dynamik 9,0 hp

Spacecraft Dynamics

This course gives a deep understanding of modern spacecraft attitude dynamics and control. Rotational kinematics and dynamics of the spacecraft in orbit and different methods to passively or actively control the attitude are studied as well as implementation of nonlinear control laws for reaction wheels and variable speed control moment gyroscopes.

  • Utbildningsnivå

    Avancerad nivå
  • Huvudområde

  • Betygsskala

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Det finns inget planerat kurstillfälle.


The overall aim of the course is that you should be familiar with basic concepts of satellite dynamics and control. Particular focus is placed on satellite attitude control. You should also be acquainted with the sensors and actuators used for attitude control. Finally, you should know the characteristics of propulsion systems used in space and be able to perform preliminary analysis and design of a satellite.

Kursens huvudsakliga innehåll

The theory of attitude control is covered and discussed in relation to the sensors and actuators that are used. An overview of propulsion systems is given with an in depth treatment of a few basic concepts. The students are given a preliminary design project of a given micro satellite including attitude control, propulsion system and sensor configuration.

Dynamic Systems Modeling - Dynamic Systems Control - Orbital Dynamics and Control - Orbital Dynamics - Orbital Maneuvers and Control - Attitude Dynamics and Control - Rotational Kinematics - Rigid Body Dynamics - Rotational Maneuvers and Attitude Control - Structural Dynamics and Control - Structural Dynamics - Attitude and Structural Control - Robust Optimal Maneuvers


Recommended prerequisites: Previous knowledge corresponding to SD2805 Flight Mechanics and SD2815 Rocket science or permission from the coordinator.


Suggested course literature will be found on the course home page. Presently, the standard text book is:

B. Wie, Space Vehicle Dynamics and Control, 2nd edition, AIAA Education Series, 2008.


  • PRO1 - Projekt, 4,0, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Tentamen, 5,0, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Krav för slutbetyg

PRO1 – Project, 4.0 cr, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

TEN1 –  Examination, 5.0 cr, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Ges av



Gunnar Tibert


Gunnar Tibert <>


Kursplan gäller från och med HT2011.
Examinationsinformation gäller från och med HT2011.