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Space Mission Design and Operations

Space exploration is a very exciting subject. Consider the achievements of Sputnik 1, Yuri Gagarin’s first flight in space, the Apollo missions to the Moon, followed by the Shuttle program, the Hubble Space Telescope launch and maintenance on orbit, and finally the assembly and exploitation of the International Space Station. These were challenging undertakings involving space agencies and industrial teams of several nations, and private companies as well. Space telescopes are in service, and several components of the solar system have been and are still actively visited by a number of unmanned probes and robots providing us with precious knowledge about our space environment as well as the far away Universe.

This course builds on university level physics and mechanics to introduce and illustrate orbital dynamics as is applied in the design of space missions. Simple tools will be provided to allow planning of missions on orbit around Earth or in the Solar System. You will learn from the experience of Claude Nicollier, one of the first ESA astronauts, specifically through his involvement in the Shuttle project and his role in the maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope on two occasions.

The course focuses on conceptual understanding of space mechanics, maneuvers, propulsion and control systems used in all spacecraft. You will gain knowledge of the challenges related to the use of the space environment as a platform for scientific and utilitarian purposes.

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Rating 4.3 based on 3 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 2 - 4 hours per week
Starts Mar 13 (last week)
Cost $50
From École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, EPFLx via edX
Instructors Claude Nicollier, Camille Pirat, Christophe Paccolat, Thibault Kuntzer, Lise-Loup Antoniadis, Volker Gass, Gilles Feusier, Maxime Auchlin
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Language English
Subjects Science
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École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Rating 4.3 based on 3 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 2 - 4 hours per week
Starts Mar 13 (last week)
Cost $50
From École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, EPFLx via edX
Instructors Claude Nicollier, Camille Pirat, Christophe Paccolat, Thibault Kuntzer, Lise-Loup Antoniadis, Volker Gass, Gilles Feusier, Maxime Auchlin
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Science
Tags Engineering Physics Science

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