Satellite Attitude Dynamics and Control

By Prof. Manoranjan Sinha   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 1312
About the Course:

This course first introduces the rotational kinematics which is essential for implementing the satellite attitude control. This is followed by comprehensive introduction to the subject matters of satellite/rigid body rotational dynamics. Finally, the attitude control of satellites using reaction wheels, control moment gyros, magnetic/Lorentz force actuators, and thrusters are introduced.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical

PRE-REQUISITES: Linear Control Systems/ Basic Mechanics

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Aerospace Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Attitude Kinematics
Week 2: Attitude Kinematics
Week 3: Attitude Dynamics
Week 4: Attitude Dynamics
Week 5: Stability of Torque Free Rotation
Week 6: Gravity Gradient Modeling and Stabilization
Week 7: Spin Stabilized Satellite
Week 8: Satellite Attitude Control using Reaction wheels and Control Moment Gyros
Week 9: Satellite Attitude Control using Reaction wheels and Control Moment Gyros
Week 10: Attitude Stabilization using Magnetic Torquer and Lorentz Force
Week 11: Attitude Cotrol using Thrusters
Week 12: Attitude Control using Solar Sails

Books and references

1. Modern Spacecraft Dynamics and Control, by M. H. Kaplan, John Wiely & Sons
2. Spacecraft Dynamics and Control, by Marcel J. Sidi, Cambridge University Press, U.K.
3. Fundamental Spacecraft Dynamics and Control, by Weiduo Ho, Wiely, Singapore
4. Spacecraft Dynamics and Cotrol: An Introduction, by Anton H.J. de Ruiter, Christopher J. Damaren, and James R. Forbes, Wiely, U.K.

Instructor bio

Prof. Manoranjan Sinha

IIT Kharagpur
Currently, I am a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Kharagpur and involved in research on satellite and aircraft dynamics and control and solved some intricate problem. I have worked on orbital mechanics and orbit determination of satellite extensively. I have taught the course space flight mechanics at IIT Kharagpur for more than 15 years.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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