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Explore a Career in Spacecraft Attitude Analysis.. Master the theories and concepts of spacecraft attitude dynamics with this Spacecraft Dynamics and Control Specialization offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder.

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The Spacecraft Dynamics and Control Specialization offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder covers three core topic areas: the description of the motion and rates of motion of rigid bodies (Kinematics), developing the equations of motion that prediction the movement of rigid bodies taking into account mass, torque, and inertia (Kinetics), and finally non-linear controls to program specific orientations and achieve precise aiming goals in three-dimensional space (Control). 

The specialization invites learners to develop competency in these three areas through targeted content delivery, continuous concept reinforcement, and project applications.

The goal of the specialization is to introduce the theories related to spacecraft dynamics and control.  This includes the three-dimensional description of orientation, creating the dynamical rotation models, as well as the feedback control development to achieve desired attitude trajectories.  

Applied Learning Project

The capstone project integrates the analytical skills you build through the courses into a Mars mission concept where the attitude pointing of a small satellite is developed for different mission requirements. Numerical simulations are developed to validate the predicted closed loop attitude control.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Kinematics: Describing the Motions of Spacecraft
  • Kinetics: Studying Spacecraft Motion
  • Control of Nonlinear Spacecraft Attitude Motion
  • Spacecraft Dynamics Capstone: Mars Mission

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 5 months
    • 7 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Advanced Level

  • Knowledge of vector calculus, linear algebra, particle dynamics, fixed axis rotation, and basic spring-mass-damper stability

Tuition Fee

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Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project.

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