Spacecraft Propulsion and Rendezvous

Space Propulsion Technologies , how differs from Launch Rocket Propulsion, Orbital Maneuvers and ARTEMIS Program
Spacecraft Propulsion and Rendezvous
File Size :
3.98 GB
Total length :
11h 11m


Dr. Goteti Satyanarayana


Last update




Spacecraft Propulsion and Rendezvous

What you’ll learn

At the end of the course the learners can understand the various propulsion technologies that are used in spacecrafts and concepts of advanced propulsion systems.
The student can estimate the total amount of propellant to be loaded in the spacecraft to meet its orbital maneuvers during mission life time.
Also, student can appreciate any newly developed space propulsion technology systems for spacecraft propulsion, announced by space industries / organizations, by analyzing its performance parameters or comparing with the existing units

Spacecraft Propulsion and Rendezvous


High school level mathematics and physics


The course helps to grasp the principles of spacecraft propulsion technologies in different space regions, orbital mechanics to estimate the velocity change requirement for phase change, plane change and station keeping. It covers how to dock or berth to another spacecraft in space and interplanetary trajectories.It gives emphasis on understanding the concepts in a systematic manner and its application with worked examples of real time data. It helps to understand and analyze the specifications of spacecraft propulsion system like Dragon, Orion and Soyuz. Also, impart knowledge to estimate required propellant to meet a particular space mission.The course in detail covers major concepts spacecraft propulsion technologies. The working and characteristics of chemical propulsion systems, cold gas, mono and bi-propellant are explained and space missions used these systems are described. The principles and working of electrical propulsion systems like electrothermal, electrostatic, electromagnetic are described. The course explains the fluid flow and energy conversion pattern in electrical propulsion units. The concepts of advanced space propulsion systems like solar and nuclear are discussed. The interplanetary trajectories, departure, transfer and arrival are explained in detail. The advantage of planet’s gravity in adding the required velocity change in interplanetary travel of spacecraft is explained. It discusses NASA’s ARTEMIS program and major problems of human Mar’s mission.


Section 1: Spacecraft System

Lecture 1 Introduction

Lecture 2 Spacecraft and subsystems

Lecture 3 Space Regions and Preferred Propulsion Technologies

Lecture 4 Characteristics of primary and Auxiliary propulsion

Lecture 5 Basic Propulsion relations

Lecture 6 Attitude Maneuvers

Lecture 7 Torque on spacecraft

Section 2: Orbital Mechanics

Lecture 8 Two Body Problem

Lecture 9 Orbital Energy

Lecture 10 Keplerian Motion

Lecture 11 Circular Orbits

Lecture 12 Elliptical Orbits

Lecture 13 Example

Lecture 14 Parabolic and Hyperbolic Orbits

Lecture 15 Coordinate Systems and Orbital Elements

Section 3: Orbital Maneuvers

Lecture 16 Hohmann Transfer

Lecture 17 Example

Lecture 18 Phasing Maneuvers and Example

Lecture 19 Plane Change Maneuvers and combined Maneuvers

Lecture 20 Effect of Launch Site and Orbit Perturbations

Lecture 21 Geosynchronous Orbit

Section 4: Interplanetary Trajectories

Lecture 22 Patched Conic Approximation

Lecture 23 Heliocentric Velocities and Example

Lecture 24 Planetary Departure

Lecture 25 Planetary Arrival

Lecture 26 Lunar Orbit

Lecture 27 Synodic period

Lecture 28 Gravity-Assist Maneuver

Section 5: Rendezvous and docking or berthing (RVD/B)

Lecture 29 RVD/B Basics

Lecture 30 Coordinate Frames During Rendezvous

Lecture 31 RVD Phases

Lecture 32 Phasing and Homing

Lecture 33 Closing and Final Approach

Lecture 34 Visiting Vehicles at ISS

Section 6: Spacecraft Chemical Propulsion Systems

Lecture 35 Cold Gas System

Lecture 36 Monopropellant System

Lecture 37 Blowdown System

Lecture 38 Bipropellant System

Lecture 39 Typical Missions with Bipropellant System & Solid Rocket Motor (SRM)

Section 7: Spacecraft Electrical Propulsion Systems

Lecture 40 Electrical Propulsion

Lecture 41 Electrothermal Thrusters

Lecture 42 Electrostatic Force and Electric Field

Lecture 43 Electrostatic Thrusters

Lecture 44 Basic Processes in Ion Thrusters

Lecture 45 Hall Effect Thrusters

Section 8: Brief Note on Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion Systems

Lecture 46 Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion Systems

Lecture 47 Multimode Space Propulsion

Lecture 48 Power Requirement of Electrical Thrusters

Lecture 49 ISS Visiting Vehicles

Lecture 50 ARTEMIS Program

Enthusiastic learners of Space, spacecrafts and Rocket Science; Engineering and Science students interested in Space Technology.

Course Information:

Udemy | English | 11h 11m | 3.98 GB
Created by: Dr. Goteti Satyanarayana

You Can See More Courses in the Teaching & Academics >> Greetings from

New Courses

Scroll to Top