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Schedule of Classes for Spring 2016

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**ASTE 101L Introduction to Astronautics (4 units)**

Gateway to the major in Astronautical Engineering.
Introduction to space, space exploration and the space
business. Elements of orbits, spacecraft systems, rocket
propulsion, and communications. Laboratory: Introduction
to graphics, computation and simulation.

**ASTE 280 Foundations of Astronautical Engineering (3 units)**

Coordinate systems and transformations. Spherical trigonometry. Orientation angles. Spacecraft orbits and orbital maneuvers. Introduction to rocket propulsion, spacecraft attitude dynamics and control, and space environment. *Prerequisite:* MATH 226, PHYS 152L.

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**ASTE 291 Team Projects I (1 unit)**

Participation in ASTE undergraduate student team projects. Intended for lower-division students or those with little prior project experience.

**ASTE 301ab Thermal and Statistical Systems (3 units, 3 units)**

Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics; kinetics of atoms, molecules, and photons; compressible fluid dynamics. *Prerequisite:* MATH 245, PHYS 153L.

**ASTE 330 Introduction to Spacecraft Systems and the Space Environment (3 units)**

Spacecraft systems: attitude determination and control, power, thermal, command and data handling, telecommunication, structures and mechanisms, propulsion. Space environment: atmosphere, gravity gradients, radiation. *Prerequisite:* ASTE 280, PHYS 153L.

**ASTE 421 Space Mission Design (3 units)**

Capstone, team-oriented space systems design course. Competing teams of 5-6 students, depending on total course enrollment, will respond to an instructor-provided mock-RFP for a space system. The mission specification will be different each year. *Prerequisite:* ASTE 330. Senior standing.

**ASTE 445 Molecular Gas Dynamics (3 units)**

Physical description of kinetic nature of gas flows; distribution function; introduction to the Boltzmann equation; free-molecular flow; surface and molecular reflection properties; Monte Carlo flow calculations. *Recommended preparation:* AME 309 or ASTE 301b.

**ASTE 470 Spacecraft Propulsion (3 units)**

Introduction to rocket engineering. Space missions and thrust requirements. Compressible gas dynamics. Propellant chemistry and thermodynamics. Liquid- and solid-fueled rockets. Nuclear and electric propulsion. *Prerequisite:* senior or graduate standing.

**ASTE 480 Spacecraft Dynamics (3 units)**

Two-body motion, rigid-body motion, attitude dynamics and maneuvers, spacecraft stabilization: gravity gradient, reaction wheels, magnetic torques, thruster attitude control. *Prerequisite:* senior standing.

**ASTE 490 Directed Research (2-8 units)**

Individual research and readings. Not available for graduate credit.

**ASTE 491 Team Projects II (1 unit)**

Participation in ASTE undergraduate student team projects. Intended for students with prior project experience.

**ASTE 499 Special Topics (2-4 units)**

Course content to be selected each semester from current developments in astronautics, space technology, and related fields.

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**ASTE 501ab Physical Gas Dynamics (3 units, 3 units)**

a: Molecular structure; radiative processes; microscopic description of gas phenomena;
translational, rotational, vibrational, and electronic freedom degrees;
particle energy distributions; microscopic representation of thermodynamic functions.
b: Kinetic concepts in gas physics; thermal non-equilibrium; intermolecular potentials;
transport of radiation and particles in high-temperature gas;
dissociation and ionization equilibrium; energy relaxation. *Prerequisite:* a: graduate standing or departmental approval; b: ASTE 501a.

**ASTE 520 Spacecraft System Design (3 units)**

System components; vehicle structure, propulsion systems, flight dynamics, thermal control, power systems, telecommunication. Interfaces and tradeoffs between these components. Testing, system reliability, and integration. *Prerequisite:* graduate standing in engineering or physics.

**ASTE 523 Design of Low Cost Space Missions (3 units)**

Reviews all aspects of space mission design for practical approaches to reducing cost. Examines "LightSat" mission experience and potential applicability to large-scale missions. *Prerequisite:* graduate standing in engineering or science; *recommended preparation:* ASTE 520 or some experience in space engineering.

**ASTE 527 Space Studio Architecting (3 units)**

Programmatic/conceptual design synthesis/choice creation methods for complex space missions. Aerospace system engineering/Architecture tools to create innovative projects. Evaluated by faculty/industry/NASA experts. *Prerequisite:* graduate standing in engineering or science; *recommended preparation:* ASTE 520 or experience in space industry.

**ASTE 529 Safety of Space Systems and Space Missions (3 units)**

Engineering methodology and analysis techniques for safety certification and mission assurance of robotic and human space systems and space missions by government and commercial industry. *Prerequisite:* open only to Engineering graduate students; *recommended preparation:* ASTE 520 or some experience in space engineering.

**ASTE 535 Space Environments and Spacecraft Interactions (3 units)**

Space environments and interactions with space systems. Vacuum, neutral and ionized species, plasma, radiation, micrometeoroids. Phenomena important for spacecraft operations.

**ASTE 541 Partially Ionized Plasmas (3 units)**

Review of microscopic processes involving particles and radiation, and their impact on properties of high-temperature gases and plasmas in local thermal equilibrium and non-equilibrium.

**ASTE 545 Computational Techniques in Rarefied Gas Dynamics (3 units)**

Particle-based computational simulation methods for rarefied, high-speed flows. Molecular collision kinetics. Monte Carlo direct simulation and related techniques. *Recommended preparation:* ASTE 501a and skill in FORTRAN programming.

**ASTE 552 Spacecraft Thermal Control (3 units)**

Spacecraft and orbit thermal environments; design, analysis, testing of spacecraft thermal control system and components; active and passive thermal control, spacecraft and launch vehicle interfaces. *Prerequisite:* graduate standing in science or engineering.

**ASTE 553 Systems for Remote Sensing from Space (3 units)**

The operation, accuracy, resolution, figures of merit, and application of instruments which either produce images of ground scenes or probe the atmosphere as viewed primarily from space. *Prerequisite:* graduate standing in engineering or physics.

**ASTE 554 Spacecraft Sensors (3 units)**

Spacecraft sensors from concept and design to building, testing, interfacing, integrating, and operations. Optical and infrared sensors, radiometers, radars, phased arrays, signal processing, noise reduction. *Prerequisite:* Graduate standing in engineering or science; *recommended preparation:* ASTE 520.

**ASTE 556 Spacecraft Structural Dynamics (3 units)**

Applied analytical methods (vibrations of single and multi degree of freedom systems, finite element modeling, spacecraft applications); requirements definition process; analytical cycles; and design verification. *Prerequisite:* graduate standing in science or engineering.

**ASTE 557 Spacecraft Structural Strength and Materials (3 units)**

Spacecraft structural strength analysis and design concepts overview; spacecraft material selection; analysis of composite materials; finite element method; spacecraft configuration; structural testing; bolted joint design. *Prerequisite:* Open only to master's, professional, and doctoral students.

**ASTE 570 Liquid Rocket Propulsion (3 units)**

Liquid-propelled rocket propulsion systems. Capillary devices for gas-free liquid acquisition in zero gravity. Ground and in-orbit operations. Propellant life predictions and spacecraft end-of-life de-orbiting strategies. *Prerequisite:* ASTE 470.

**ASTE 572 Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion (3 units)**

Nuclear, electric, sails, and far-term propulsion systems. Overviews of nozzles, heat transfer, electromagnetics, rarefied gases, and plasma physics. Analysis of electrothermal, electrostatic and electromagnetic thrusters. *Prerequisite:* graduate standing in engineering or science; *recommended preparation:* ASTE 470.

**ASTE 580 Orbital Mechanics I (3 units)**

Physical principles; two-body and central force motion; trajectory correction maneuvers; position and velocity in conic orbits; Lambert's problem; celestial mechanics; orbital perturbations.

**ASTE 581 Orbital Mechanics II (3 units)**

Theory of perturbations of orbits; numerical methods in orbital mechanics; satellite dynamics; averaging methods; resonance; mission analysis. *Prerequisite:* ASTE 580.

**ASTE 583 Space Navigation: Principles and Practice (3 units)**

Statistical orbit determination: (weighted) least squares, batch and sequential (Kalman) processing, illustrative examples; online ephemeris generation: potentially hazardous asteroids, comets, satellites; launch: vehicles, payloads, staging. *Prerequisite:* graduate standing in engineering or science; *recommended preparation:* ASTE 580.

**ASTE 584 Spacecraft Power Systems (3 units)**

Introduction to solar arrays, batteries, nuclear power sources, mechanical energy storage. Application theory of operation, practical considerations. Subsystem topologies and performance. Design optimization techniques. *Prerequisite:* graduate standing in engineering or science.

**ASTE 585 Spacecraft Attitude Control (3 units)**

Review of attitude dynamics, gravity gradient stabilization, attitude stabilization with a spin, attitude maneuvers, control using momentum exchange devices, momentum-biased stabilization, reaction thruster control. *Prerequisite:* AME 451 or EE 482; *recommended preparation:* a course in dynamics.

**ASTE 586 Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics (3 units)**

Dynamics of systems of particles and rigid bodies; spacecraft attitude systems; attitude maneuvers (spin, precession, nutation, etc.); attitude stabilization and attitude determination; simulation methods.

**ASTE 599 Special Topics (2-4 units)**

Course content to be selected each semester from current developments in astronautics, space technology, and related fields.