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2019/2020

Fundamentals of Astronautics

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2221210 Z,ZK 3 2P+1C Czech
Lecturer:
Jaroslav Kousal, Lubor Lejček, Michal Václavík
Tutor:
Jaroslav Kousal, Lubor Lejček, Michal Václavík
Supervisor:
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Synopsis:

Student will obtain an overview of theoretical and practical fundamentals of space technology. The course will focus on four main topics: basic theory in spaceflight, space propulsion, launcher rockets and systems of artificial space objects.

Requirements:

No requirements.

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Introduction, history, motivation, basic terminology

2. Fundamental theories in spaceflight I (laws of celestial mechanics, trajectories of space objects, nonperturbed motion, maneuvers)

3. Fundamental theories in spaceflight II (perturbed motion, orbital and escape velocity)

4. Space propulsion I (basics of reactive propulsion, rocket engines, specific impulse, categories of propellants, delivery of propellants)

5. Launchers I (single-stage and multi-stage launcher, methods of minimizing dry mass)

6. Launchers II (examples of historical and current launchers, advantages and disadvantages, reliability)

7. Ground segment (spaceports, testing facilities, transport and communication systems)

8. Space propulsion II (non-chemical propulsion)

9. Laws, regulations and commerce in space

10. Artificial space objects ? unmanned (classification, systems and subsystems of spacecrafts, examples and solutions)

11. Artificial space objects ? manned (systems and subsystems specific for manned spacecrafts, life support systems, ergonomy, effects of microgravity on human body)

12. Payload of spacecrafts (payload of satellites for telecommunication and Earth observation, payload of space probes for exploration of planets)

13. Astronautics in the Czech Republic, credits

Syllabus of tutorials:

1. Physics of motion (Newton´s laws, equations of motion)

2.-5. Astrodynamics (solution of orbital and transfer trajectories, single- and multiple-impulse maneuvers)

6.-9. Propulsion and launchers (Ciolkovski equation, calculation of multistage launcher, trajectories using low- and high-specific impulse propulsion, attitude control and stabilization)

10.-11. Space environment (influence of vacuum, radiation and microgravity)

12. Communication with satellites and space probes (transmitted power, communication schedule)

13. Earth observation (influence of orbit and parameters of the satellite on the resolution and coverage)

Study Objective:

Introduction into basic concepts, problems and solutions specific to astronautics, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Study materials:

?Doody, D.: Deep space craft: an overview of interplanetary flight. Springer-Praxis, 2009, ISBN 35-408-9509-4.

?Harland, D. M. a Lorenz R.: Space systems failures: isasters and rescues of satellites, rockets and space probes.

?Praxis Pubishing, 2005, ISBN 03-872-1519-0.

?Ball, Andrew J. Planetary landers and entry probes. Cambridge University Press, 2007, ISBN 05-218-2002-2.

Note:
Time-table for winter semester 2019/2020:
06:00–08:0008:00–10:0010:00–12:0012:00–14:0014:00–16:0016:00–18:0018:00–20:0020:00–22:0022:00–24:00
Mon
Tue
Fri
Thu
roomKN:A-210
Václavík M.
Kousal J.

12:30–14:00
(lecture parallel1)
Karlovo nám.
Učebna KA210 12122
roomKN:A-210
Kousal J.
Václavík M.

14:15–15:00
(parallel nr.1)
Karlovo nám.
Učebna KA210 12122
Fri
Time-table for summer semester 2019/2020:
Time-table is not available yet
The course is a part of the following study plans:
Data valid to 2019-10-18
For updated information see http://bilakniha.cvut.cz/en/predmet2833906.html