The Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation Systems Certificate recognizes student accomplishments at the graduate level in successfully completing a specialized program of study in Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation (ASN). It is essentially a specialization of the AES MS degree in the ASN focus area, with additional requirements for breadth and depth. The certificate will make students more desirable to future employers looking for astrodynamics and satellite navigation specialists.
This certificate is available to degree-seeking and non-matriculated students. For the latter, please visit Continuing Education to learn more about enrollment and costs. Additional certificate information can be found in the department's Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation Systems Certificate webpage.
Distance Education Option
Students can take individual courses toward a master's degree or graduate certificate through distance education (online). For more information, connect with the individual graduate program directly.
- Completed undergraduate degree from an institution accredited by and agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or its equivalent.
- Undergraduate courses in calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations, two semesters of undergraduate calculus-based physics, and at least two semesters of upper-division undergraduate courses in engineering or physics.
- Submission of application form. Please visit the AES Certificates Page for more details.
- For Continuing Education (non-matriculated) students, enrollment permission from teaching faculty for each course to take.
We are not able to evaluate transcripts or offer advice on remedial coursework. Please use our Undergraduate Curriculum and Course Syllabi as reference. Courses from already awarded degrees cannot be used to fulfill certificate requirements.
Complete all four core area subjects in ASN, plus two advanced ASN courses of the student's choosing (18 credit hours)
|Core Requirements 1|
|ASEN 5010||Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control||3|
|ASEN 5050||Space Flight Dynamics 2||3|
|ASEN 5044||Statistical Estimation for Dynamical Systems 3||3|
|ASEN 5090||Introduction to Global Navigation Satellite Systems||3|
|Select any two 6000-level ASN courses, including but not limited to:||6|
|Interplanetary Mission Design|
|Advanced Spacecraft Dynamics and Control|
|Spacecraft Formation Flying|
|Statistical Orbit Determination|
|Advanced Global Navigation Satellite Systems: Software and Applications|
|Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Receiver Architecture|
|Special Topics 4|
|Total Credit Hours||18|
Any core requirement can be satisfied by taking an additional 6000-level course which has the corresponding core requirement as a prerequisite. This substitution does not require a petition.
This requirement can be satisfied by taking ASEN 5055 Analytical Astrodynamics or an additional 6000-level course that has ASEN 5050 as a prerequisite.
Taking ASEN 5044 as part of the certificate requirement does not preclude it counting as a math course to satisfy the MS or PhD requirement.
Topics include GNSS for Remote Sensing, Celestial Mechanics & Advanced Astrodynamics, and Multi-Object Detection, Tracking, and Characterization.