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Engineering - Mechanical Engineering | Fundamentals of Astrodynamics and Applications

Fundamentals of Astrodynamics and Applications

Series: Space Technology Library, Vol. 21

Vallado, D.A.

Jointly published with Microcosm Press, Hawthorne, CA, USA

3rd ed. 2007, XXI, 1055p.


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  • Software routines in the book are available for free in FORTRAN, PASCAL, and C
  • Improved and expanded coverage of coordinate systems, orbit determination, etc.

This book is rapidly becoming the standard astrodynamics reference for those involved in the business of spaceflight. What sets this book apart is that nearly all of the theoretical mathematics is followed by discussions of practical applications implemented in tested software routines. For example, the book includes a compendium of algorithms that allow students and professionals to determine orbits with high precision using a PC. When an astrodynamics problem arises in the future, it will become standard practice for engineers to keep this volume close at hand.

While the first edition was an exceptionally useful and popular book, there are a number of reasons why the second edition will be even more so. There are many reworked examples and derivations. Newly introduced topics include ground illumination calculations, Moon rise and set, and a listing of relevant Internet sites. There is an improved and expanded discussion of coordinate systems, orbit determination, and differential correction. Perhaps most important is that all of the software routines described in the book are now available for free in FORTRAN, PASCAL, and C. This makes the second edition an even more

Content Level » Research

Keywords » aerospace books - applied astrodynamics - orbit determination - orbit estimation - space technology books

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Classical Continuum Physics - Mechanical Engineering

Table of contents 

Equations of Motion.- Kepler's Equation and Kepler's Problem.- Coordinate and Time Systems.- Observations.- Celestial Phenomena.- Orbital Maneuvering.- Initial Orbit Determination.- Special Perturbation Techniques.- General Perturbation Techniques.- Orbit Determination and Estimation.- Mission Analysis.- Appendix A: Dictionary of Symbols.- Appendix B: Modeling the Atmosphere.- Appendix C: Mathematical Fundamentals.- Appendix D: Constants and Expansions.

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