Vehicle Dynamics And Control

Host University

Virginia Tech


Aerospace and Ocean Engineering


ML Psiaki

Course Information

Relevant rigid body kinematics and dynamics fundamentals for vehicles such as aircraft, spacecraft, and ships. Provides foundation for advanced courses and research on dynamics and control of vehicles. Review of particle motion and application to aircraft performance and satellite orbital mechanics. Rigorous modeling of rotational and translational motion of rigid bodies. Linearization of equations of motion for stability analysis, modal analysis, control system synthesis, with introduction to classical control system concepts. Sensors and actuators commonly used on vehicles. Specific examples from aircraft, missiles, spacecraft, rockets, ships, and submersibles.