Course Number
Next Offered
Spring 2024
Primary Program
Space Systems Engineering
Applied Physics Laboratory
Course Format
Onsite, Virtual Live

The Attitude Determination and Control Subsystem, or ADCS, is intimately connected with all the other spacecraft subsystems, and will be studied in the context of the systems engineering of the whole spacecraft and its mission. Students will examine the requirements imposed on the ADCS, and will explore how to meet those requirements. To this end, it starts with a student’s understanding of rigid-body dynamics as it relates to spacecraft dynamics and will introduce common and classical approaches to problems encountered in the design of this critical spacecraft subsystem. The course will also include a team design project involving an ADCS for a small spacecraft.

Course Prerequisite(s)

Completion of EN.675.600 Systems Engineering for Space, EN.675.601 Fundamentals of Engineering Space Systems I and EN.675.650 Mathematics for Space or with approval of the instructor.

Course Offerings


Attitude Determination and Control of Space Systems

01/22/2024 - 04/29/2024
Mon 7:20 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Kossiakoff Center K223
Notes: This course uses the Virtual Live format. It combines the face-to-face class held at APL (section .3VL) with remote students participating online through live web-conferencing. You may choose to attend in-person/on-site or remotely or both. Students who wish to enroll and attend in Virtual Live courses in-person/on-site at the Applied Physics Lab, COVID-19 and Flu vaccination compliance is mandatory for enrollment in this course. All students must upload proof of vaccination or request and receive an exemption in the Vaccination Management System ( prior to the start of class.
Spring 2024
Course Format
Virtual Live
Applied Physics Laboratory
Course Materials