Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing of Military Spacecraft

Course #AE4818

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


This course covers acquisition, tracking, and pointing (ATP) design for military systems, such as spacecraft and laser beam control systems. It covers effects of structural flexibility and jitter on ATP performance, jitter control, acquisition system, tracking algorithms, laser beam control, laser beam aberration due to atmosphere and its correction by using adaptive optics, and spacecraft attitude control. The course will also cover laboratory examples of ATP designs for military systems.

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 299


  • Knowledge of dynamics
  • control
  • consent of instructor
Offerings database access
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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jan 2024

    Spring Quarter applications due

  •  01 Apr 2024

    Summer Quarter applications due

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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Academic Calendar

  •  08 Dec 2023

    Last day of classes

  •  12 Dec 2023 – 14 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter final examinations

  •  15 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter graduation

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