Advanced Control of Space Vehicles


September 17th, 2018 - December 21st, 2018

Time and place
Mondays,       12:00pm -  2:00pm, Lecture room 2
Wednesdays, 12:00pm -  2:00pm, Lecture room 2

Office hours
Contact me to fix an appointment
e-mail: fabio.celani@uniroma1.it
ph.: +39 06 4991 9755

Learning objectives
Main aim of this course is to introduce students to tools from modern control theory applied to design and analysis of active attitude control systems for space vehicles. Those tools are important for designing advanced attitude control systems for which high performances are required. Students will be introduced to software applications that support analysis and design by those tools.

It is required that students know basic principles of spacecraft dynamics and control as taught in an introductory course such as Control systems for aerospace engineering.

Competences and learning outcomes
Students will learn mathematical results useful for analyzing and designing attitude control systems for space vehicles.
Students will also learn how to use software tools supporting analysis and design of attitude control systems for space vehicles.

Spacecraft attitude control based on linearized model.
Spacecraft detumbling.
Spacecraft attitude control based on nonlinear model.
Simulations with Matlab/Simulink.

Evaluation of the student’s training
Students will be evaluated trough an individual exam. The exam is organized into a written part and an oral part. The written part consists in solving problems. The oral exam consists in answering to questions and will include computer simulations.

An exam session is scheduled in each of the following periods:
  • January 2019
  • February 2019 
  • June 2019
  • July 2019
  • September 2019

Bibliography and software application
•    Matlab + Simulink + Aerospace ToolboxControl Systems Toolbox.
The textbook is available for consultation at Sapienza libraries (see Sapienza library catalog).
Sapienza students can download Matlab and its toolboxes proceeding as indicated on this page (only in Italian).