On-Orbit Dynamics and Robotics (Lecture)

Lecturer (assistant)
Duration2 SWS
TermSommersemester 2021
Language of instructionEnglish
Position within curriculaSee TUMonline
DatesSee TUMonline


    Admission information


    At the end of the module the students will be able to understand the principles of spacecraft flight and of orbital robotic systems dynamics. They will also have an understanding of the control principles applied for orbital, spacecraft attitude and robotic operations. They will be introduced to the means of reproducing the behaviour of these systems on ground, for verification purposes. Finally, they will gain insight into the current and possible future uses of robots in orbit.


    Kinematics and dynamics of mechanical systems, including a material point, a rigid body and a multibody system. Orbit dynamics and control, including also orbital relative motion, orbital transfers and rendevous-and-docking. Attitude dynamics and control, including also actuators and sensors. Robot control, including open-loop, closed-loop and tele-presence control methods (basics), actuators and sensors, experimental facilities.


    Recommended: Basics of astronautics, mechanics and control systems.

    Teaching and learning methods

    The module contains lectures and exercises within the lectures


    Written exam at the end of the semester

    Recommended literature

    Walter: Astronautics Sidi: Spacecraft Dynamics and Control Sciavicco/Siciliano: Modelling and Control of Robot Manipulators Wertz: Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control