Orbital Mechanics: Theory and Applications

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John Wiley & Sons, 1998 - Science - 268 pages
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A lively study of orbital mechanics by the writer responsible for the computer simulations and systems analysis for the Saturn V moon rocket, Project Skylab and many others. Provides thorough coverage of all background theories, including unusual concepts and paradoxes that will enhance appreciation of this field. Includes discussion of rocket propulsion and optimization of techniques for maximizing payload and minimizing fuel consumption, plus complete coverage of the interaction of space vehicles and space bodies.
 

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Contents

An Introduction to Orbital Mechanics
1
Satellite Orbits
29
The Orbital Environment
63
Powered Flight Maneuvers
81
Boosting a Satellite Into Orbit
107
Todays Family of Global Boosters
127
Enhancing the Performance
149
Optimal Fuel Biasing
156
Russias Molniya Communication Satellites
185
ThreeBody LibrationPoint Orbits
191
Choosing the Proper Constellation
203
What is the Largest Constellation Ever Launched
209
ComputerModeling Techniques
215
SpaceAge Technologies for
231
Project Skyhook
242
The Skyhook Complex
248

Choosing the Proper Orbit for a Satellite
169
Fullsun SunSynchronous Orbits
175
About the Author
263
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Satellite Geodesy
GŁnter Seeber
Limited preview - 2003

About the author (1998)

TOM LOGSDON, a retired senior member of the technical staff at Rockwell International, teaches three-day courses on orbital mechanics and the Navstar GPS to enthusiastic professionals all over the world. A prolific author and editor, he has written more than 25 books on space technology, computer science, robotics, and knowledge-based problem-solving techniques.

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