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SPACE SHUTTLE GUIDANCE, NAVIGATION, AND CONTROL DATA
 
Calculus

Key Topics: Parametric Equations

This problem focuses on the GNC flight controller. Students learn about the state vector that the GNC flight controller monitors and is introduced to the coordinate system that is used in tracking the space shuttle. Students will analyze a table of data to generate parametric functions.

Students will
  • gain an understanding of the M50 coordinate system;
  • write a set of parametric equations based on a table of position coordinates over time; and
  • differentiate parametric position functions to determine the velocity and acceleration vectors, as well as the magnitude of the velocity and acceleration.


DOWNLOADS
> Space Shuttle Guidance, Navigation, and Control Data Educator Edition (PDF 516 KB)
> Space Shuttle Guidance, Navigation, and Control Data Student Edition (PDF 269 KB)

Files for use with the TI-Nspireā„¢
› Space Shuttle GNC TI_Nspire Educator Edition (PDF 876 KB)
› Space Shuttle GNC TI_Nspire Student Edition (PDF 128 KB)
Note: The following files are software specific files for Texas Instrument Nspire calculators.
› Space Shuttle GNC TI_Nspire Document (TNS 153 KB)
› Space Shuttle GNC TI_Nspire Document w/ Solutions (TNS 156 KB)

Related Resources
> VIDEO: NASA Now Minute: Shuttle Engineering Challenge