Spacecraft Attitude Control (Spring 2012)

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Time and Place

  • Tu/Thu 12:30PM-1:50PM, Talbot 225A

Required Texts

  • None

Recommended Texts (on reserve in Grainger)

You can access the following books through this link.

  • Space Vehicle Dynamics and Control (B. Wie, 1998 - 629.41w634s)
  • Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control (V. A. Chobotov, 1991 - Q 629.4742 C451s)
  • Modern Spacecraft Dynamics and Control (M. H. Kaplan, 1976 - 629.45 K14m)
  • Spaceflight Dynamics (W. Wiesel, 1997 - 629.411w637s1997)
  • Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control (J. R. Wertz, 1978 - 629.4742Sp11)
  • Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students (H. D. Curtis)
  • A Mathematical Introduction to Robotic Manipulation (R. M. Murray, Z. Li, and S. S. Sastry), also available online
  • Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics (P. C. Hughes)


Please hand in homework at the beginning of class on the day that it is due. Late homework will be penalized 10% per day.


If you have a serious problem and cannot take an exam at the normal time, you must contact me at least two weeks in advance and take the exam early.

  • Midterm in class on Thursday, March 15 (Talbot 225A)
  • Final at 8-11AM, Thursday, May 10 (Talbot 225A)


  • 25% "scribing" two lectures, 25% homework, 25% midterm, 25% final



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