Estimation and Control of Aerospace Systems

Course Info

Course Number/Code: 16.3 (Spring 2004)
Course Title: Estimation and Control of Aerospace Systems
Course Level: Undergraduate
Offered By: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Department: Aeronautics and Astronautics
Course Instructor(s): Prof. Eric Feron
Prof. James Paduano
Course Introduction:
Syllabus When you click the Amazon logo to the left of any citation and purchase the book (or other media) from, MIT OpenCourseWare will receive up to 10% of this purchase and any other purchases you make during that visit. This will not increase the cost of your purchase. Links provided are to the US Amazon site, but you can also support OCW through Amazon sites in other regions. Learn more.Purpose of the Course For students majoring in control and information sciences to become proficient in the techniques of modeling, identifying and controling aerospace systems.To understand classical control system design.To understand robustness issues arising in control system analysis and design.To understand the role of nonlinearities in control systems and to be able to analyze basic nonlinearities using phase-plane and describing function techniques.To design simple nonlinear (bang/bang) systems in the phase plane.To understand space applications.To understand basic nonlinear phenomena, such as jump resonance phenomena.To understand modeling and identification issues through laboratory activities.

Basic Information

Course Meeting TimesLectures:Three sessions / week1 hour / session

GradingGrade distribution is: Final 40%, Homework 20%, Midterm 20%, Lab 20%.

AssignmentsHomeworks: due in class Wednesdays, to be returned Monday as time permits. No late homeworks accepted. Late homework equals homework given back later than Wednesday 1:05pm.

PrerequisitesAny basic control course or instructor's approval. 16.30 is intended primarily for students who have taken a first course on systems.


Van De Vegte, J. Feedback Control Systems. Prentice Hall PTR, 1993. ISBN: 0-13-016379-1.

Rohrs, C. E., J. L. Melsa, and D. G. Schultz. Linear Control Systems. McGraw Hill, 1993. ISBN: 0-07-041525-0.

Gelb, A., and W. E. Vander Velde. Multiple-Input Describing Functions and Nonlinear System Design. McGraw Hill, 1968.

Academic HonestyYou can collaborate with others in the class on homework, but only to the extent needed to understand the problem statement, and to decide on a solution method. However, the work that you turn in must be your own. You can consult outside reference material, but a reference must be adequately cited. Collaboration of any sort is not permitted on exams. Violations of any sorts constitutes an act with profound consequences to your future standing in the profession.