Unmanned Space Vehicles

This course provides the principles and concepts of unmanned and autonomous vehicles used for space applications. The challenges of space as an environment, navigation, time, and distance will be included as essential elements of overall space exploration via unmanned and autonomous systems. Students will explore the problems of perception, space navigation, communications, control, sensors and payloads, time delay, and fundamentals of propulsion and motion in space. Capabilities and limitations of multiple platform types will be examined and the student will be able to select the appropriate platform types and payloads to meet mission and application requirements. Applications explored include earth orbital, interplanetary, solar system, and planetary/celestial body exploration. Prerequisite: UAS-150, UAS-220. (3-0-3)

close this window