Student Projects for Space Navigation and Guidance
Healy, Liam M.
in de Lafontaine, Treder, Soyka, Sims, eds., Astrodynamics 2003: proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Conference held August 3-7, 2003, Big Sky, Montana, vol. 116 of Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, pp. 2-20, Paper 03-500.
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"Space Navigation and Guidance," taught every fall at the University of Maryland, is required of all space track undergraduate aerospace engineering majors. Every student is required to participate in a group project where real observations are used in the solution of a navigation problem with estimation from observations. In this paper, I discuss two such projects, an observatory project in which the students use a telescope to track a satellite and determine its orbit, and a GPS project in which they analyze GPS receiver data to determine the receiver's position.