16.346 Astrodynamics


Class Info

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 be offered this semester (Spring 2018). It is instructed by S. E. Widnall.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.

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