Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students

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Elsevier, Oct 26, 2009 - Technology & Engineering - 744 pages
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Orbital 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 vector-based solution of the classical two-body problem; derivation of Kepler’s equations; orbits in three dimensions; preliminary orbit determination; and orbital maneuvers. The book also covers relative motion and the two-impulse rendezvous problem; interplanetary mission design using patched conics; rigid-body dynamics used to characterize the attitude of a space vehicle; satellite attitude dynamics; and the characteristics and design of multi-stage 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.

  • NEW: Reorganized and improved discusions of coordinate systems, new discussion on perturbations and quarternions
  • NEW: Increased coverage of attitude dynamics, including new Matlab algorithms and examples in chapter 10
  • New examples and homework problems
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Dynamics of point masses
1
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
References
707
Index
709

CHAPTER 9 Rigidbody dynamics
485
CHAPTER 10 Satellite attitude dynamics
573

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