Fundamentals of astrodynamics; the two-body orbital initial-value and boundary-value problems with applications to space vehicle navigation and guidance for lunar and planetary missions with applications to space vehicle navigation and guidance for lunar and planetary missions including both powered flight and midcourse maneuvers. Topics include celestial mechanics, Kepler's problem, Lambert's problem, orbit determination, multi-body methods, mission planning, and recursive algorithms for space navigation. Selected applications from the Apollo, Space Shuttle, and Mars exploration programs.
This class has 18.03 as a prerequisite.
16.346 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by S. E. Widnall.
Lecture occurs 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays in 33-418.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits.
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