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Fall 2011-2012
MAE 341  

Space Flight

N. Jeremy Kasdin

This course addresses the various concepts that form the basis of modern space flight and astronautics. The focus is on space flight analysis and planning and not hardware or spacecraft design. The topics include space flight history, orbital mechanics, orbit perturbations, near-Earth and interplanetary mission analysis, orbit determination and satellite tracking, spacecraft maneuvers and attitude control, launch and entry dynamics. Use of advanced software for the planning and analysis of space missions.

Sample reading list:
J.R. Wertz & W.J. Larson, Space Mission Analysis and Design, 2nd Edition
V.I. Pisacane & R.C. Moore, Fundamentals of Space Systems

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly assignments consist of carrying out realistic analyses, solving quantitative problems and using an advanced software package to simulate and study complex space missions.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 10%
Final Exam - 40%
Other (See Instructor) - 50%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
MAE 305 or permission of instructor..

Other information:
Grading Information (other): Homework accounts for 25% of the final grade; Final Project accounts for 25% of the grade.

Website:  http://www.princeton.edu/~eppdyl/mae432/mae432.html

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22487 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   Engineering Quad D-Wing   D221   Enrolled:22 Limit:35