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Course Postgraduate
Semester Electives
Subject Code AVC864
Subject Title Modelling of Launch Vehicle and Spacecraft dynamics


Coordinate systems, Attitude dynamics and control, Rotational kinematics, Direction cosine matrix, Euler angles, Euler’s eigen axis rotation, Quaternions, Rigid body dynamics of launch vehicle, Angular momentum, Inertia matrix, Principal axes, Effect of aerodynamics, Generalized equations of motion, derivation of dynamic equations, structural dynamics and flexibility, propellant sloshing, actuator dynamics, gimballed engine dynamics, External forces and moments, Linear model for Aero‐structure‐control‐slosh interaction studies.

Space craft dynamics, Natural motions of rigid space craft, Translational motion in space, Translational motions in circular orbit, Rotational motion in space, rotational motion in circular orbit, Disturbances, Space craft sensors and attitude determination, Attitude control with thrusters and reaction wheels, Attitude stabilization with spin and generalized momentum wheels.

Text Books

Same as Reference

  1. J.H.Blakelock, Automatic control of Aircraft and Missiles, Wiley India,1991.
  2. A.L.Greensite, Control Theory Vol. II‐ Analysis and Design of Space Vehicle Flight Control Systems, Spartan Books, 1970.
  3. N V Kadam ,Practical design of flight control systems for launch vehicles and Missiles, Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 2009.
  4. Brian L. Stevens, Frank L. Lewis, Aircraft Control and Simulation, Wiley, 2003.
  5. K. J. Ball, G. F. Osborne, Space vehicle dynamics, Clarendon P., 1967.
  6. L. Greensite, Analysis and Design of Space Vehicle Flight Control Systems – Short Period Dynamics, Vol 1, NASA.
  7. L. Greensite, Analysis and Design of Space Vehicle Flight Control Systems, ‐‐ Trajectory Equations Vol 2, 1967, NASA.