The movement of bodies in space (like spacecraft, satellites, and space stations) must be predicted and controlled with precision in order to ensure safety and efficacy. Kinematics is a field that develops descriptions and predictions of the motion of these bodies in 3D space. This course in Kinematics covers four major topic areas: an introduction to particle kinematics, a deep dive into rigid body kinematics in two parts (starting with classic descriptions of motion using the directional cosine matrix and Euler angles, and concluding with a review of modern descriptors like quaternions and Classical and Modified Rodrigues parameters). The course ends with a look at static attitude determination, using modern algorithms to predict and execute relative orientations of bodies in space.
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TOP REVIEWS FROM KINEMATICS: DESCRIBING THE MOTIONS OF SPACECRAFT
Best technical course on coursera. Instructor is full of knowledge and is one of the best teachers i have came across.
A beautiful course by an amzing professor. Everything is just so clear now in Attitude representations. Thank you very much, Professor Schaub.
I couldn't be more happy with this course I enjoyed every second of it... and yeah... also the assignments
Amazing class from an amazing teacher. I found it fascinating from the beginning to the end, and cannot wait for next modules, especially the last!
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