SSE 648 Orbital Mechanics

(3-0-3) This course covers the classical and some of the general relativistic theoretical components of gravity and orbits. Starting with Newtonian mechanics, Kepler's laws (which are the basis of most orbital models) will be derived and applied to satellite position and velocity determination. Gravitational models with non-uniform mass-densities will also be introduced and applied. Adjustments to these models because of general relativity, which will be necessary for fine orbit determination, will be calculated. Satellite Tool Kit (STK) and MatLab will be used to model satellite orbits.




PHYS 232, MATH 276, and SSE 630