Orbital Mechanics for Engineering StudentsOrbital Mechanics for Engineering Students, Second Edition, provides an introduction to the basic concepts of space mechanics. These include vector kinematics in three dimensions; Newton’s laws of motion and gravitation; relative motion; the vectorbased solution of the classical twobody problem; derivation of Kepler’s equations; orbits in three dimensions; preliminary orbit determination; and orbital maneuvers. The book also covers relative motion and the twoimpulse rendezvous problem; interplanetary mission design using patched conics; rigidbody dynamics used to characterize the attitude of a space vehicle; satellite attitude dynamics; and the characteristics and design of multistage launch vehicles. Each chapter begins with an outline of key concepts and concludes with problems that are based on the material covered. This text is written for undergraduates who are studying orbital mechanics for the first time and have completed courses in physics, dynamics, and mathematics, including differential equations and applied linear algebra. Graduate students, researchers, and experienced practitioners will also find useful review materials in the book.

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Contents
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CHAPTER 2 The twobody problem  61 
CHAPTER 3 Orbital position as a function of time  155 
CHAPTER 4 Orbits in three dimensions  199 
CHAPTER 5 Preliminary orbit determination  255 
CHAPTER 6 Orbital maneuvers  319 
CHAPTER 7 Relative motion and rendezvous  391 
CHAPTER 8 Interplanetary trajectories  429 
CHAPTER 11 Rocket vehicle dynamics  655 
Appendix A Physical data  689 
Appendix B A road map  691 
Appendix C Numerical intergration of the nbody equations of motion  693 
Appendix D MATLAB algorithms  701 
Appendix E Gravitational potential energy of a sphere  703 
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