Astrodynamics

Diagram of a Venus and Mars double-reconnaissance trajectory.

The first realistic multiple flyby orbit, discovered January 26, 1961 using trial and error.  (Image courtesy of Richard Battin.)

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MIT Course Number

16.346

As Taught In

Fall 2008

Level

Graduate

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Course Description

This course covers the fundamentals of astrodynamics, focusing on the two-body orbital initial-value and boundary-value problems with applications to space vehicle navigation and guidance for lunar and planetary missions, including both powered flight and midcourse maneuvers. Other 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 are also discussed.

Battin, Richard. 16.346 Astrodynamics, Fall 2008. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/aeronautics-and-astronautics/16-346-astrodynamics-fall-2008 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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