"Astrodynamics is the study of the motion of man-made objects in space, subject to both natural and artificially induced forces."

(Space Vehicle Design by Griffin and French)

The program for a recent AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference describes the various aspects of astrodynamics:

  • Satellite orbital dynamics, perturbation, and stability

  • Earth orbital and planetary mission studies, trajectory design and optimization

  • Analytical, statistical, and numerical aspects of orbit determination

  • Autonomous navigation and rendezvous

  • Spacecraft attitude dynamics, determination, and control

  • Dynamics and control of large space structures, modeling of flexible multibody dynamics, and estimation of distributed parameter systems