Aerospace dynamics.

lmeca2830  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Aerospace dynamics.
In view of the health context linked to the spread of the coronavirus, the methods of organisation and evaluation of the learning units could be adapted in different situations; these possible new methods have been - or will be - communicated by the teachers to the students.
See also the list of assessments for the June 2020 session.
5 credits
30.0 h + 30.0 h
Main themes
  • Universal gravitation and applications.
  • Aircraft dynamics : equilibrium, stability and control.
  • Launchers.
  • Satellite orbits and attitude stability.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


In consideration of the reference table AA of the program "Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering", this course contributes to the development, to the acquisition and to the evaluation of the following experiences of learning:

  • AA1.1, AA1.2, AA1.3
  • AA2.1, AA2.2, AA2.3
  • AA3.1, AA3.3
  • AA5.1, AA5.2, AA5.4
  • AA6.1, AA6.2

Introduce students to the specific issues of aircraft dynamics, launcher systems and dynamics, and satellite dynamics.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
  • Summary of rigid body mechanics.
  • Aircraft dynamics and performance : aerodynamic loads, translational and rotational dynamics, steady state motion, propulsion, stability, controls.
  • Launcher dynamics and staging optimisation.
  • Satellite dynamics : orbits, transfers, rendezvous, attitude stability.
Evaluation methods
3 homeworks to be performed individually
Written exam in 2 parts:
  • theoretical questions
  • J.D. ANDERSON, Introduction to Flight
  • B. ETKIN Dynamics of Flight - Stability and Control
  • L. GEORGE, J-F VERNET, J-C WANNER La mécanique du vol
  • J.W. CORNELISSE, H.F.R. SCHÖYER, K.F. WAKKER Rocket Propulsion and Spaceflight Dynamics
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Mechanical Engineering

Master [120] in Electro-mechanical Engineering