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SH2771 Spacecraft Dynamics 9.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus SH2771 (Autumn 2007–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

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.

Intended learning outcomes

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 aquainted 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.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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

Recommended prerequisites

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

B. Wie, Space Vehicle Dynamics and Control, AIAA Education Series, 1998.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

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


  • PRO1 - Project, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Written examination (TEN1; 5 ECTS)
Project assignment (PRO1; 4 ECTS)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web SH2771

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Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Thomas Lindblad,

Supplementary information

The time and place of the first lecture will be announced on the course web page. The scheduling of the following lectures and other course activities will be done thereafter.

Given for the first time per 1 Autumn 08.