Semester Offering: January

This course is organized as an extension of AT76.04 Aerospace Technology in the August Semester. After preparation of the mathematical background, the Earth Observation and Global Positioning Satellite are introduced from the view point of a total space system. Next focusing on the Global Positioning system, its basic principle and operational improvement are to be discussed. This course is intended to enhance understanding of Remote Sensing System/Global Positioning System utilization in various application fields, such as GIS, Mapping and RS.


Analytical dynamics, Satellite Attitude Control, Tracking and Navigation of a satellite, Remote Sensing, Global Positioning System


AT76.04 Aerospace Technology is strongly recommended.


I Back ground revisited / Review of mathematics etc.

1. Linearization and vector analysis
2. Describing physical phenomena (Mathematical/Numerical/Dynamic Modeling)
3. Vibration and Dynamics in general coordinates

II Earth Observation and Global Positioning Satellite Subsystems

1. Ground Segment
2. On-board Space Segment
3. Navigation and Positioning
4. Standard Time and Geodessy used for GPS
5. Principle of Positioning by GPS
6. Accuracy and its Improvement/ DGPS, RTK-GPS etc.
7. GPS Augmentation
8. Next generation GNSS / Galileo



Lecture Notes


Bernhard Hofmann-Wellenhof, Herbert Lichtenegger and James Collins, Global Positioning System , Springer-Verlag Wien New York (2005).
Brij N. Agrawal, Design of Geosynchronous Spacecraft, PRENTICE-HALL, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. (1986)
Michael D. Griffin and James R. French, Space Vehicle Design , AIAA Education Series (1991)
A. Houston and M. Rycroft, Keys to Space , An International Space University Publication (1999)


Final grades will be computed according to the following percentage distribution:
Mid-semester Examination 30%,
Final Examination 40%,
Assignments / Lab Assignments 30%.
Examination will be closed book