EAS4510 - Astrodynamics
Office: MAE-A 314
Tel: 352-392-5523 (Office); (352) 672-1529 (Mobile).
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/anilvrao2
All contact methods are acceptable! Note for fastest response it is best to reach me on my mobile phone.
Office Location: Available via Zoom
COURSE LOCATIONS AND CLASS PERIODS
Lecture Room: MAE-A 303
Online Videos: Click here for Astrodynamics Playlist (On My YouTube Channel)
Office Hours Zoom Link:
- Meeting ID: 985 5871 4037
- Click here for Zoom link or copy and paste the following URL into your browser: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/96874723546
1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems
by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet
specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare,
as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering
situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact
of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together
provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment,
establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze
and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
- Characterize and understand the key properties of the motion of a spacecraft in orbit under central body gravitation.
- Design basic impulsive in-plane and out-of-plane maneuvers to transfer a spacecraft between two orbits.
- Perform preliminary analysis for space missions including missions where a spacecraft is transferred between two bodies.
- Understand the motion of a spacecraft under the influence of non-central gravity perturbations.
APPROXIMATE SCHEDULE FOR MATERIAL
Review of Newtonian Dynamics
Motion of a Spacecraft Under
Central Body Gravitation
The Orbit in Space
The Orbit as a
Function of Time
In-Plane and Out-of-Plane Impulsive
and Non-Impulsive Orbital Transfer
Inter-Body Trajectories and
Orbital Transfer Between Two Bodies
Particle Kinematics, Particle Kinetics, and
Rigid Body Kinematics
Formulation and Solution of
Two-Body Differential Equation
Classical Orbital Elements and Position and Velocity
Eccentric Anomaly, True Anomaly,
and Kepler's Equation
Rocket Equation and Impulse
Hohmann Transfer, Bi-Elliptic Transfer,
Bi-Parabolic Transfer and Out of Plane Transfers
Patched-Conics, Launch Windows,
Mid-Course Corrections, and Planetary Fly-Bys
Weeks 2 and 3
Weeks 4 and 5
Weeks 6 and 7
Weeks 9 through 11
Weeks 12 through 14
Anil V. Rao
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Personal Office Hours Times
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Reitz Union Food Court
(Next to Starbucks)
2. MATLAB for Dummies, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2014.
PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Chapter 1 Problems
Chapter 2 Problems
30 August 2021
13 September 2021
4 October 2021
Chapter 3 Problems
25 October 2021
Chapter 5 Problems
Chapter 6 Problems
15 November 2021
10 December 2021
STK Level 1 Certification
STK Level 2 Certification
13 December 2021
13 December 2021
Material Through HW #1
Material Through HW #2
Material Through HW #3
Material Through HW #4
20 September 2020
11 October 2020
15 November 2020
29 November 2021
27 September 2021
18 October 2021
22 November 2021
6 December 2021
TAKE-HOME QUIZ SCHEDULE
Take-Home Quiz #1
Take-Home Quiz #2
Take-Home Quiz #3
Material Through HW #2
Material Through HW #3
Material Through HW #4
8 — 11 October 2021
19 — 22 November 2021
10 — 13 December 2021
The course will have four projects. Each project will be made available at 5:00 PM on a Friday and will be due the following Friday by noon. Late projects will not be accepted under any circumstances except the usual exceptions (illness or other emergency). Each project will require the use of MATLAB along with an understanding of the key concepts. Thus, it is extremely important that you understand the theory in addition to just being able to solve problems. Furthermore, the projects will require knowledge gained in the process of completing the homework assignments. Your grade on the projects will be reflected via any procrastination in completing homework assignments.
TAKE-HOME QUIZ FORMAT
The course will have three take-home quizzes. Each quiz will be a problem that will have both a theory (derivation) component along with a programming component. The quizzes will be significantly shorter than the projects, but will still require programming. The quizzes must be completed independently (but, of course, you can ask me for help).
Bonus #1 (STK Level 1 Certification)
Bonus #2 (STK Level 2 Certification)
6 @ 5 Points = 30 Points
4 @ 10 Points = 40 Points
3 @ 10 Points = 30 Points
100 Points + 10 Points Bonus
95 and Above
90 to less than 95
85 to less than 90
80 to less than 85
75 to less than 80
70 to less than 75
65 to less than 70
60 to less than 65
55 to less than 60
50 to less than 55
45 to less than 50
Less Than 45
NOTES ON ASSIGNMENT OF FINAL LETTER GRADES
- The grading scale posted above is not flexible.
- Any score on the boundary between two ranges will receive the higher grade (for example, a 94 receives a grade of "A-").
- Finally, it is noted that while your individual scores for assignments, exams, and quizzes will be posted on E-learning (Canvas), the Canvas portal may not accurately reflect a student's relative standing in the class. Regardless of the information that is seen in Canvas, computation of final grades will be based on the criteria set forth above and a student's grade will only be final when grades have been computed at the end of the semester.
STUDENTS REQUIRING ACCOMMODATIONS
COVID — 19
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