Spacecraft Mission Design, Volume 1
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Jan 1, 1998 - Science - 183 pages
"Spacecraft Mission Design, Second Edition, " takes the shortest route to practical understanding of mission design. It focuses on the most general and most practical tools needed for the early spacecraft design studies, including the principles of two-body motion, definition of orbits, orbital maneuvers, and central body observation. The use of elementary mathematics makes this concise book ideal for upper class college students, graduates, and practicing engineers or managers. There are enough worked examples that one can be self-taught.
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altitude apoapsis apogee argument of periapsis ascending node asymptote calculated center of mass central angle central body circular orbit constellation defined departure hyperbola eccentricity ecliptic plane elliptical orbit ephemeris equator example field of view final orbit flight path angle geosynchronous orbit gravity-assist ground track Hohmann transfer hyperbola hyperbolic orbit initial orbit injection Julian day km/s latitude launch azimuth launch opportunity launch vehicle line of apsides longitude low Earth orbit Magellan maneuver mean motion Mission Design Molniya orbit moon orbit inclination orbit period orbit plane orbital elements ORBWIN parameters parking orbit patched conic periapsis radius perigee plane change propellant regression of nodes rotation of apsides semimajor axis shown in Fig sidereal day spacecraft velocity sphere of influence spherical surface swath width synodic period Table target planet transfer ellipse transfer plane true anomaly two-body velocity vector Venus vernal equinox vernal equinox vector window