autumn 2018

STE6251 Spacecraft Control - 5 ECTS

Sist endret: 29.01.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology


Narvik |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April.

Type of course

May be taken as a singel subject  

Admission requirements

A relevant undergraduate bachelor Engineering programme with minimum 30 credits Mathematics/statistics topics

Application code: 9371

Course content

Dynamics of point masses, the two-body problem, Keplers equations, Lagrange coefficients, orbital position as a function of time, orbits in three dimensions, orbital maneuvers, rigid body dynamics, satellite attitude dynamics.

Objectives of the course

Kunnskaper og forståelse:

-The students should have detailed knowledge about celestial mechanics and modelling of spacecraft in 6 degrees of freedom.


- The students should be able to formulate and explain the basic equations governing spacecraft modelling and control.


-The students should be able to apply the knowledge to modelling of spacecraft and design of simple control system for attitude control.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Classroom lectures and written exercises. The course takes two weeks, each of 30 hours.  Each day 4 hours of lectures, and 2 hours of exercises.


Mandatory tasks

5 of 10 exercises must be delivered at least 1 week before exam.


3 hour written exam. Marks A-F.  F equals not passed. A re-sit exam will be arranged for this course

Date for examination

Spacecraft Control - written exam 15.10.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Recommended reading/syllabus

Will be given at the start of the course.