Toolbox Training Courses

Our five-day training courses will get you up and running with your new toolbox! Participants will receive bound, printed copies of all manuals used in the course. The course tuition does not include the software that is used during the course. Toolboxes must be purchased separately. Our training courses on are on the GSA Schedule.

Any course can be customized, for example the Spacecraft Control Toolbox class can focus on a particular class of satellites such as geosynchronous satellites, low-earth orbiting satellites or interplanetary missions. A flat fee is charged to customize the course for a specific mission or application. Use of a component manufacturer's data for a customized course requires written permission of the manufacturer.

Courses are given in our headquarters in Plainsboro, New Jersey, USA. The course can be given at the customer's location in which case the customer must pay travel and expenses for the instructor(s) and there is a minimum of five students. Courses taught to non-US citizens may require an export license from the U.S. Department of State.

Spacecraft Control Toolbox

This course, designed for working aerospace engineers, takes advantage of the latest modeling and analysis tools to examine complex problems relevant to spacecraft control design, analysis, and simulation as practiced in industry. Using our Spacecraft Control Toolbox for MATLAB, the course emphasizes material that the engineers can use immediately and covers information not available in any other course or textbook. The materials included with this course includes:

The course covers attitude control, orbit and estimation functions in the toolbox. Topics in design, analysis and simulation are included. Each day is divided into morning lectures and afternoon problem solving sessions. Optional problems are available for students to work on in the evenings.

MondayIntroduction to Attitude Control Systems
Provides an overview of the elements of an attitude control systems including sensors and actuators. Discusses data acquisition including A/D converters, spacecraft networks. Introduces the other relevant subsystems including the thermal and power subsystems. Learn about pointing budgets. Work through the first four example scripts in the training manual. These provide introductions to math, ephemerides and other background material.
Tuesday Attitude Kinematics, Dynamics and Disturbance Modeling
Covers rigid body models and the gyrostat model for a spacecraft with reaction wheels. Introduces simple flexible body models. Discusses all disturbance sources on a spacecraft including solar, aerodynamic, RF and magnetic. Model the disturbances on a simple spacecraft. Simulate a rigid body spacecraft in orbit.
WednesdayAttitude Control System Design
Learn how to design the normal mode pointing control system for a spacecraft. Study momentum management for spacecraft that use momentum exchange devices. Learn about magnetic torquers, thrusters and reaction wheels. Learn about torque distribution. SimpliŽed models of all actuators are used in this section. Implement a PID controller using reaction wheels. Add filters for flex attenuation.
ThursdayIntroduction to Orbit Dynamics and Stationkeeping
Study basic two body motion. Learn about orbit acquisition and stationkeeping maneuvers. Introduction to different kinds of thrusters including electric thrusters, bipropellant and monopropellant. Learn about propellant budgets and how to prepare a propellant budget. Plan a series of east/west and north south burns for a geosynchronous spacecraft.
Introduction to attitude sensing. Introduction to Kalman Filters. Learn how to estimate the attitude of a spacecraft given incomplete and periodic measurements using simpliŽed sensor models. Introduction to noise modeling and covariance analysis. Implement a Kalman Filter using gyros, earth sensor and sun sensor.