Orbital Mechanics: For Engineering StudentsOrbital mechanics is a cornerstone subject for aerospace engineering students. However, with its basis in classical physics and mechanics, it can be a difficult and weighty subject. Howard Curtis  Professor of Aerospace Engineering at EmbryRiddle University, the US's #1 rated undergraduate aerospace school  focuses on what students at undergraduate and taught masters level really need to know in this hugely valuable text. Fully supported by the analytical features and computer based tools required by today's students, it brings a fresh, modern, accessible approach to teaching and learning orbital mechanics. A truly essential new resource.

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absolute angular acceleration according to Equation altitude angular momentum angular velocity apse line argument of perigee ascending node body frame Calculate center of mass circular orbit components constant deltav direction eccentric anomaly ecos ellipse elliptical orbit Example flight path angle fprintf fprintf('\n function geocentric equatorial frame given by Equation gravitational parameter heliocentric Hohmann transfer hyperbola illustrated in Figure inertial frame initial Julian day km/s Lagrange launch magnitude maneuver matrix mean anomaly moments of inertia Newton’s obtain orbit equation orbital elements periapse planet position vector precession Q]xx rad/s radial radius ratio relative right ascension rocket rotation rotor satellite semimajor axis shown in Figure sidereal spacecraft speed sphere of influence spin axis Substituting Equations topocentric trajectory true anomaly unit vectors vehicle velocity vector xyz frame yields zero
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Page 30  B)C (A x B) . (C x D) = (A . C)(B . D)  (A  D)(B . C...
Page 20  Its position vector relative to this set is p = xi + yj + zk, where x, y, and z are the coordinates of P and i, j, and k are the unit vectors of this embedded set of axes.
Page xiii  E shows that the gravitational field of a spherically symmetric body is the same as if the mass were concentrated at its center. The field of astronautics is rich and vast.