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On the left: the BepiColombo spacecraft, the MORE - Mercury Orbiter Radioscience Experiment - logo and team. BepiColombo is an ESA mission dedicated to the exploratcion of Mercury. Launch: 2016.

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Students unable to take the exam are kindly requested to notify the teacher in due time.

 

*** Exams July 28, 2014 - 10 am, teacher's office

Click here for the approximate schedule of the exams.  

 

*** MSS test n.2:

List of received homeworks

Students admitted to the exam in simplified mode  

 

MSS 2014 - Home test n. 2 

Email the code and the report to luciano.iess@uniroma1.it AND mircojunior.mariani@uniroma1.it by Friday May 30 23:59:59.

Students passing both home tests (or the challenge and the second test) will be entitled to take the exam in a simplified mode.

Clarification #1: you may neglect the torque variations due to the eclipses.

Clarification #2: if needed, you may use this matlab routine to solve Kepler's equation.  

Clarification #3: The angular momentum storage capacity is 29.32 N-m-s and not 22.6 N-m-s.

Clarification #4: The minimum time requirement has to be intended loosely. Any design of the control system attaining the required attitude in a reasonable time is acceptable.

 

  

*** Challenge MSS 2014 - Results

- Mario Tindaro Migliorino - 2 pt.

- Michela Archi - 1 pt.

- Renato Volpe - 1 pt.

- Filippo Silvestrucci - 1 pt.

- Andrea Antolino - 1 pt.

Congratulations to all participants. The solution will be presented on Monday May 19, 1:30 pm, at the Radio Science Lab. 

 

*** Guest Lectures on Space Missions:

R.T. Mitchell, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (ret.), Former Project Manager of the Galileo and Cassini missions 

- Tuesday May 13, 8:30-10:00 am, room 39

- Wednesday May 13, 12:00-1:30 pm, room 39

- Thursday May 13, 10:15-11:45 am, room *********  39  ********

Downoad Slides (zipped file)

 

 

Challenge MSS 2014  ****WARNING (May 9, h.19:30) : The first guess value of the GM must be set to 401500 km3/s2 and not to 398500 km3/s2 as reported in the text of the challenge. ****

Observables:   track_GS1.txt    track_GS2.txt

Email the code and the report to luciano.iess@uniroma1.it AND paolo.racioppa@uniroma1.it by Sunday May 11 23:59:59 UTC.

Students who did not pass the first test can take part in the challenge. The challenge is valid as a backup test. The deadline is unchanged (no extension this time).

 

Home Test 1 (revised) (students passing both tests are eligible to take the final exam in a simplified mode)

Observable quantities (trackfile.txt) 

*** Email the code (Matlab, Fortran, C ...) and a short note containing the procedure, the solution and the plots  to luciano.iess@uniroma1.it AND paolo.racioppa@uniroma1.it by midnight Sunday Apr. 27, 2014.  

*** Updated List of received reports by midnight Sunday Apr. 27, 2014 ***

List of Received Reports (Updated)

*** Home Test 1 Results ***

Home Test 1 Results

Students who did not pass the first test can take part in the challenge. The challenge is valid as a backup test.

 

** Follow the link on the side to know the dates of examination sessions.

** Dates of home tests and competition:

     - Apr. 23-27 (home test 1)

     - May. 20-24 (home test 2)

     - May 9-11 (competition)

 

** Space Environment and Instrumentation: The updated class notes 

- Space_Env_Instr_2014_1.pdf

- Space_Env_Instr_2014_2.pdf

- phase_amplitude.m (matlab file)

- quadrupole_eig.m (matlab file)

may be downloaded from the link Class Notes.

 

** Space Missions and Systems: The updated class notes

- Missioni_Sist_Spa_0_2014.pdf

- Missioni_Sist_Spa_1_2014.pdf

- Missioni_Sist_Spa_2_2014.pdf  (only minor typos corrected)

- Missioni_Sist_Spa_3_2014.pdf  (some typos corrected)

may be downloaded from the link Class Notes. Please consider also the auxiliary slides Normal_Distributions.pdf.

  

 

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*** Seminars at Beijing Institute of Tracking and Telecommunications Technology (BITTT):

Seminar 1: Deep Space Navigation Systems: Where Do We Stand?

Seminar 2: The European Delta-DOR Correlator

Seminar 3: BepiColombo, the ESA Mission To Mercury; MORE: Geodesy, Geophysics, Navigation

Seminar 4 and 5: The Scientific Use of Deep Space Tracking Systems; Radio Science in Deep Space Missions

***Tour of Robledo's DNS facilities. The visit of the Robledo e Cebreros premise was an educative and beautiful experience. It would be useful create a noted photo-album of the visit. All students who wish cooperate must create a zip folder containing the most signficant photos with a tagline with name and surname of the author (in italian and in english). The zip folder will be send to the teacher or upload on this website. Please link here

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Relativity in the Global positioning System by N. Ashby

The rotation of LAGEOS

Storm on Saturn's North pole