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AERO3760: Space Engineering 2 (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: AERO3760: Space Engineering 2 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Bryson, Mitch
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: [65 average in ([must have passed AMME2500] AND AERO2705 AND AMME2301) AND (AMME2261 OR MTRX2700)]. Students must have achieved a 65% average mark in 2nd year for enrolment in this unit.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study covers a range of fundamental and applied topics in space engineering systems including satellite tracking and orbit determination, satellite attitude determination, satellite positioning systems, space robotics and planetary rovers. Students will learn to recognise and appreciate the coupling between the different elements of space system design. Students will learn to use this system knowledge and basic design principles to design and test a solution to problems including space estimation and control tasks, and space systems design.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Prof Williams, Stefan
Dr Bryson, Mitch
Tutor/s: Damian Abood
Timetable: AERO3760 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 6.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Independent Study: The average student is expected to spend at least 6 hours on this UoS per week, outside of the standard contact hours.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4)
1. Communicate the design philosophy as well as the results.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
2. Recognize and appreciate the coupling between the different elements within an estimation and control task, such as satellite remote sensing and orbit transfer, from a systems-theoretic perspective.
3. Understanding of a spacecraft electrical "bus" subsystem design, specifically power and communication subsystems, their operation and design considerations.
4. Apply learned techniques in estimation and control theory to solving a wide range of different problems in engineering.
5. Knowledge of mathematical and geometric methods to analyse rotating spacecraft instabilities.
6. Knowledge of the dynamics of geometric rotating rigid bodies in space and how to avoid Intermediate Axis instabilities in this torque free zero-g environment.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment 1: Orbital Mechanics No 20.00 Week 3 1, 2, 4, 5,
2 Assignment 2: GNSS and Orbit Determination No 30.00 Week 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 6,
3 Group Project No 50.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: Assignment 1 focuses on orbital mechanics and prediction of satellite orbits.

Assignment 2 focuses on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and orbit determination from ground tracking measurements.

Group Project:
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Online Course Content: Lecture notes and video recordings of lectures are provided on the AERO3760 Canvas page.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to course: Aerospace frames of reference
Week 2 Orbital Mechanics and Space Geometry: Keplerian orbital mechanics, orbital perturbations
Week 3 Introduction to Estimation in Aerospace Applications: Linear least squares, constrained and weighted least squares, non-linear least squares.
Assessment Due: Assignment 1: Orbital Mechanics
Week 4 Global Navigation Satellite Systems: Introduction to GPS, signals and message structure, orbit geometry, orbit calculation using almanac and ephemeris data, error sources, GPS accuracy quantification, dilution of precision
Week 5 Orbit determination: alternative models for orbit prediction, initial orbit determination, orbit refinement using non-linear least squares
Week 6 Attitude Determination Systems (ADS): Attitude representations, magnetic sensing, sun/star tracking, horizon scanners, sensor modelling and error simulation, ADS methods, least squares for ADS.
Week 7 Remote Sensing Error Analysis, Advanced Estimation Techniques: Modelling the coupling between navigation and mapping errors, error budgets, sequential estimation and the Kalman Filter.
Assessment Due: Assignment 2: GNSS and Orbit Determination
Week 8 Space Robotics and Planetary Rovers
Week 9 Space Robotics and Planetary Rovers
Week 10 Space Robotics and Planetary Rovers
Week 11 Space Robotics and Planetary Rovers
Week 12 Assignment 3
Space Robotics and Planetary Rovers
Week 13 Space Robotics and Planetary Rovers
Assessment Due: Group Project
Exam Period No exam is required.

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical (Space) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical (Space) 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Arts 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Commerce 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Medical Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Law 2015
Mechanical (Space) 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Arts 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Commerce 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Medical Science 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Science 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Law 2015
Mechatronic (Space) 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Arts 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Commerce 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Medical Science 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Project Management 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Science 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Law 2015
Mechanical (Space) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic (Space) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Aeronautical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Aeronautical / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Aeronautical / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechanical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechanical / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/Science(Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechatronic 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Mechatronic / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Mechatronic / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechatronic/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4) No 26.5%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 5) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 5) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 5) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 73.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.