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Scheeres, Daniel J. Distinguished Professor and the A. Richard Seebass Endowed Chair


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research overview

  • Research interests include physical evolution of small solar system bodies, space situational awareness, planetary defense, the dynamics, control and navigation of spacecraft trajectories, the design of space missions, optimal control, planetary science, celestial mechanics and dynamical astronomy.


  • Celestial Mechanics, Astrodynamics, Dynamical Astronomy, Optimal Control, Space Situational Awareness, Planetary Science, Orbit Determination


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courses taught

  • ASEN 3200 - Orbital Mechanics/Attitude Dynamics and Control
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Presents the fundamentals of orbital mechanics, 3D rigid body dynamics and satellite attitude dynamics and controls. Offered spring only.
  • ASEN 5519 - Selected Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Reflects upon specialized aspects of aerospace engineering sciences. Course content is indicated in the online Class Search. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: varies.
  • ASEN 6020 - Optimal Trajectories
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Summer 2019
    Introduces the theory and practice of trajectory optimization. The general theory behind optimization and optimal control will be introduced with an emphasis on the properties of optimal trajectories. The main application will be to space trajectories, but other applications will also be considered. Recommended prerequisites: ASEN 5050 and ASEN 5014 or instructor consent required.
  • ASEN 6060 - Advanced Astrodynamics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Covers Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms for astrodynamics problems, the computation and characterization of space trajectories in highly dynamic environments, computation of periodic orbits, stability analysis of orbital motion, and development of analytical theories for dynamics. Recommended prerequisite: ASEN 5050 or equivalent or instructor consent required.


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