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School of Engineering
Course unit
INL1001805, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0526, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination AEROSPACE INSTRUMENTATION
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ENRICO LORENZINI ING-IND/12

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-IND/12 Mechanical and Thermal Measuring Systems 9.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 a.a. 2016/17 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 LORENZINI ENRICO (Presidente)
DEBEI STEFANO (Membro Effettivo)
FANTI GIULIO (Supplente)

Course unit contents: Reference frames for attitude measurements and satellite navigation. Review of attitude dynamics of torque-free and perturbed rigid bodies. Introduction to the physics of the space environment: Earth-emitted radiations and the Earth?s magnetic field. Attitude determination in Earth and interplanetary orbits.
Sensors for attitude determination: horizon sensors; sun sensors; star sensors; magnetometers; gyroscopes. Mathematical models used to determine the attitude of a satellite. Specific examples of attitude maneuvers for satellites in Earth and interplanetary transfer orbits. Accelerometers and basic elements of inertial navigation: stabilized and strapdown platforms. Schuler pendulum.
Description of the Global Positioning System, Glonass and Galileo. Fundamentals of radar systems: elements of a radar; Doppler effect; modulation techniques and impulse compression. Instruments for scientific measurements in space: the gravity gradient and its tensor; gravity gradiometers; techniques for gravity mapping from orbit by using gravity gradiometers or satellite-to-satellite tracking.
Practice sections solving problems related to the course's topics.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • B. Hoffmann-Wellendorf, H. Lichtenegger and J. Collins, GPS: theory and practicee. --: --, 1994. Cerca nel catalogo
  • R. Wertz, Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control. --: Kluver Academic Publishers, 1988. Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Lawrence, Modern Inertial Technology. --: Springer, 1998. Cerca nel catalogo
  • G.W. Stimson, Introduction to Airborne Radar. --: SciTech Publishing, Inc., 1988. Cerca nel catalogo