Mathematical Methods of Mechanics of Launch Rockets and Spacecraft Flight
About the profession:
For more than half a century, space has been a rapidly developing field of activity in many countries of the world. In 1880 a Russian scientist K. Tsiolkovsky developed the theory of a multi-stage liquid-fuel rocket capable of reaching the orbit and flying in space. Rocket stages and Tsiolkovsky’s formula are still used in the development of space rockets. Spacecraft revolutionized telecommunications, navigation, Earth remote sensing, meteorology, scientific research of near and far space, contributed to human access into near-Earth space and enabled the manned flight to the Moon. Even today the advanced space countries develop spacecraft for manned flights to Mars, to asteroids and discuss the possibility of manned flights to other planets of the Solar System and their satellites.
During four years of training, students study a wide range of disciplines both in the field of applied mathematics and computer technology and in the field of mechanics of rockets and spacecraft flight, revealing the problems of spacecraft flight control and engineering of space missions in near-Earth space, avoidance of collisions with objects of space debris, solution of transport problems to ensure the operation of long-term orbital stations, technical bases and settlements on the Moon and solar system planets.
Classes are held with the use of multimedia technologies, webinars, teleconferences, physical resources and experimental facilities of partner companies for practical and scientific activities. The training of the skills necessary for spacecraft flight control, based on the use of data on the trajectory of the International Space Station and spacecraft received through a direct channel of communication with the Flight Control Center of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Central Research Institute of Mechanical Engineering” (Korolev), is held in the Flight Control Training Center (FCTC) of RUDN University. The profession-oriented material is learnt through the following disciplines:
- Mathematical analysis;
- Probability theory and mathematical statistics;
- Equations of mathematical physics;
- Programming languages and methods;
- Numerical methods;
- Optimization methods;
- Computer science;
- Theoretical mechanics;
- Space flight theory;
- Spacecraft trajectory control methods;
- Methods for calculating spacecraft interplanetary flights;
- Methods for calculating spacecraft maneuvers in near-Earth space.
Students undertake internships at academic institutes and leading rocket-and-space enterprises, including in the Russian Center for Flight Control of the International Space Station and other spacecraft, the Center for Earth Operational Monitoring with the use of Earth remote sensing satellites for solving various problems in the field of ecology, agriculture, mineral exploration, engineering, etc.
Among our partners is the Research and Production Corporation “Space Monitoring Systems, Computer Controlled Information and Electromechanical Complexes” named after A.G. Iosifyan, which is engaged in the development of space technology for hydro-meteorological and oceanographic support, as well as the spacecraft for studying the ionosphere.
Having successfully mastered the educational programme, you will have the opportunity to work in state and commercial spacecraft flight control centers, academic institutions and enterprises of the rocket-and-space industry, as well as in state-run and commercial entities of banking, fuel-and-energy and other fields of activity that require specialists in the field of modern computer technologies. Upon completion of the programme you will have the following skills and abilities:
- to conduct theoretical and practical research in the field of mathematical modeling and software development,
- to use modern computing machinery,
- to make reasonable decisions based on mathematical modeling and analysis of various options for problem solving,
- to apply mathematical methods for solving practical tasks of mechanics of rockets and spacecraft flight.