Dr. Andrew T. Klesh
Email: Andrew.T.Klesh@jpl.nasa.gov
Dr. Oscar AlvarezSalazar
Email: Oscar.S.AlvarezSalazar@jpl.nasa.gov
Dr. Scott R. Ploen
Email: Scott.R.Ploen@jpl.nasa.gov
Thibaud Talon
Office: Guggenheim 148
Email: ttalon@caltech.edu
Fabien Royer
Office: Guggenheim 148
Email: froyer@caltech.edu
Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00  17:25
Location: 384 Firestone
Recitation / Office Hour
Time: Monday 45 pm
Location: 232 Guggenheim
Office Hour only
Time: Wednesday 1:152:15 pm
Location: 384 Firestone
Ae 105 abc. Aerospace Engineering. 9 units (306);
first, second, third terms.
Prerequisites: APh 17 or ME 18 and ME 19 or
equivalent.
Part a (1st term): Introduction to spacecraft systems
and subsystems, mission design, fundamentals of orbital
and rocket mechanics, launch vehicles and space
environments; JPLassisted design exercise; spacecraft
mechanical, structural, and thermal design; numerical
modeling, test validation.
Part b (2nd term): Introduction to guidance,
navigation, and control (GNC), measurement systems,
Kalman filtering, system analysis, simulation, statistical
error analysis, case studies of JPL GNC applications;
preliminary discussion and setup for team project
leading to system requirements review.
Part c (3rd term): Team project leading to preliminary
design review and critical design review.
Link to the AAReST website
Link to the Ae105 involvement in the AAReST project
For the second half of the course, students collaborate with each other, along with GALCIT researchers on the AAReST mission. Several design areas are stressed with this project: spacecraft analysis and design, optics/telescope design and testing, composite boom testing, telescope software architecture, and electronics design. Students make significant contributions to these design areas, ultimately furthering the status of the mission as a whole.
Class  Topic  Homework/Exam 

4 Jan  Presentation of the class (Talon/Royer) Orbital Mechanics  Two Body Problem I; First Integrals, Geometry of Elliptical Orbits 

9 Jan  Orbital Mechanics  Two Problem II; Finding r(t) and v(t) for Elliptical Orbits  HW1 given 
11 Jan  Orbital Mechanics  Two Body Problem III; Classical Orbital Elements, Hohmann Transfer  
16 Jan  Attitude Kinematics and Rigid Body Dynamics  Parameterizations of SO(3); Euler Angles, Angle/Axis, Quaternions  
18 Jan  Attitude Kinematics and Rigid Body Dynamics  Angular Momentum, Inertia Tensor  
23 Jan  Attitude Kinematics and Rigid Body Dynamics  NewtonEuler Equations, Stability of Spinning Rigid Bodies  HW1 due HW2 given 
25 Jan  Control Theory  State Variable Analysis  
30 Jan  Control Theory  Transfer Function Analysis  
1 Feb  Control Theory  Stability of Feedback Systems I; Routh, RootLocus  
6 Feb  Control Theory  Stability of Feedback Systems II; Bode, Nyquist  
8 Feb  Optimal Control and Estimation  Optimal Control I  HW2 due 
13 Feb  Optimal Control and Estimation  Optimal Control II  HW3 given 
15 Feb  Optimal Control and Estimation  Introduction to Optimal Estimation  
20 Feb  Team Projects Presentation by Mentors  HW3 due Final Exam given 
22 Feb  Team Meetings with Mentors  
27 Feb  Team Meetings with Mentors  Final Exam due (11:59 PM) 
1 Mar  Presentation 1 by Teams in Group A  
6 Mar  Team Meetings with Mentors  
8 Mar  Presentation 1 by Teams in Group B  
13 Mar  Team Meetings with Mentors  
15 Mar  Final Presentations 
14% per homework/final
10% Team Presentation grade
10% Individual Presentation grade
10% Individual Mentor's grade
Students are encouraged to discuss homework problems, strategies and may compare final results, but each one should write down their own solution.
Late homework within 24 hours will incur a penalty (30%), and won't be accepted after 24 hours delay. In case a deadline extension is needed, please send a request to the TAs.
Lecture notes, supplement materials, homework and solutions are for personal use only. They should not be distributed without the consent of the instructors.