Dr. Andrew T. Klesh
Email:  Andrew.T.Klesh@jpl.nasa.gov

Dr. Oscar Alvarez-Salazar
Email:  oscar.s.alvarez-salazar@jpl.nasa.gov

Teaching Assistants:

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

Office hours:

Recitation / Office Hour
Time: Monday 4-5 pm
Location: 384 Firestone

Office Hour only
Time: Wednesday 1:15-2:15 pm
Location: 384 Firestone

Online ressources:

Moodle (Homeworks)

Course Description

Ae 105 abc. Aerospace Engineering. 9 units (3-0-6); 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; JPL-assisted 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.

Autonomous Assembly of a Reconfigurable Space Telescope (AAReST)

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.

Course syllabus and schedule (Ae105a)

Class Topic Homework/Exam
26 Sept Talon/Royer - Presentation of the class
Alvarez-Salazar - Thermal
28 Sept Alvarez-Salazar - Thermal HW1 given
3 Oct Klesh - Space Environment and Engineering
5 Oct Klesh - Space Environment and Engineering HW1 due
HW2 given
10 Oct Klesh - Electronics & Interfaces
12 Oct Klesh - Electronics & Interfaces HW2 due
HW3 given
17 Oct Klesh - Communications & Data
19 Oct Klesh - Communications & Data HW3 due
HW4 given
24 Oct Alvarez-Salazar - Structure
26 Oct Alvarez-Salazar - Structure HW4 due
Midterm 1 given
31 Oct Alvarez-Salazar - Structure Midterm 1 due
2 Nov No class HW5 given
7 Nov Alvarez-Salazar - Structure
9 Nov Alvarez-Salazar - Structure HW5 due
HW6 given
10 Nov (3-4:30 pm) Alvarez-Salazar - Structure
14 Nov Klesh - Preparing for Flight
16 Nov Klesh - Preparing for Flight HW6 due
HW7 given
21 Nov Klesh - Flight Lessons Learned
23 Nov Thanksgiving (No class)
28 Nov Alvarez-Salazar - Orbits HW7 due
30 Nov Alvarez-Salazar - Orbits Midterm 2 given
6 Dec Midterm 2 due

Grading (Ae105a)

The final grade will be based on homeworks sets, and two "midterm" exams:

Homework Policy

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.

Class Material

Lecture notes, supplement materials, homework and solutions are for personal use only. They should not be distributed without the consent of the instructors.