Space Mechanics


Stanford School of Engineering



Satellites have become increasingly important in our daily lives. We are lost with the GPS application on our cell phones or the weather channel's minute-to-minute forecasts. We connect with each other across oceans and mountains with the click of a mouse. We explore the far reaches of space and detect pollution in our own atmosphere.

But what happens when to the satellites when they've been launched? How are they repaired or recovered? How are they affected by the sun and moon? Learn the answers to these questions and more in Space Mechanics.


ENGR15 or equivalent, and familiarity with MatLab (or another mathematical programming language).


Topics include

  • Orbits of near-earth satellites and interplanetary probes
  • Transfer and rendezvous
  • Decay of satellite orbits
  • Influence of earth's oblateness

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