Celestial Mechanics and Astrodynamics: Theory and Practice

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Springer, Jul 28, 2016 - Science - 522 pages
This volume is designed as an introductory text and reference book for graduate students, researchers and practitioners in the fields of astronomy, astrodynamics, satellite systems, space sciences and astrophysics. The purpose of the book is to emphasize the similarities between celestial mechanics and astrodynamics, and to present recent advances in these two fields so that the reader can understand the inter-relations and mutual influences. The juxtaposition of celestial mechanics and astrodynamics is a unique approach that is expected to be a refreshing attempt to discuss both the mechanics of space flight and the dynamics of celestial objects.

“Celestial Mechanics and Astrodynamics: Theory and Practice” also presents the main challenges and future prospects for the two fields in an elaborate, comprehensive and rigorous manner. The book presents homogenous and fluent discussions of the key problems, rendering a portrayal of recent advances in the field together with some basic concepts and essential infrastructure in orbital mechanics. The text contains introductory material followed by a gradual development of ideas interweaved to yield a coherent presentation of advanced topics.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Vectors
25
3 Reference Systems and Relativity
45
4 Central Force Motion
79
5 The TwoBody Problem
95
6 Orbit Determination
120
7 The nBody Problem
143
8 The Restricted ThreeBody Problem
163
12 Motion Around Oblate Planets
299
13 Semianalytical Orbit Theory
327
14 Satellite Orbit Control
368
15 Optimal Impulsive Orbit Transfers
411
16 Orbit Data Processing
441
17 Space Debris
488
18 People Progress Prospects
501
Bibliography
513

9 Numerical Procedures
196
10 Canonical Equations
229
11 General Perturbations Theory
255

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About the author (2016)

Dr. Pini Gurfil is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Prof. Gurfil has been conducting research in astrodynamics, distributed space systems, trajectory optimization, vision-aided navigation and tracking, and multi-agent systems.
Dr. Seidelmann is Research Professor at the University of Virginia, President of the Celestial Mechanics Institute and past chairman of the IAU/IAG Working Group on Cartographic Coordinates and Rotational Elements. His recent work has focused on space astrometry missions, reference systems, space surveillance.