AE4818 Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing of Military Spacecraft

This course covers acquisition, tracking, and pointing (ATP) design for military systems, such as spacecraft and laser beam control systems. It covers effects of structural flexibility and jitter on ATP performance, jitter control, acquisition system, tracking algorithms, laser beam control, laser beam aberration due to atmosphere and its correction by using adaptive optics, and spacecraft attitude control. The course will also cover laboratory examples of ATP designs for military systems.


Knowledge of dynamics and control or consent of instructor

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Quarter Offered

  • As Required
  • Summer