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Astronautical Engineering

Deep Space Flight and Communications

Exploiting the Sun as a Gravitational Lens

Authors: Maccone, Claudio

  • Provides the reader with an insight into the science and technology of interstellar spaceflight as it is currently envisaged
  • Examines for the first time how it may be possible to exploit the Sun as a gravitational lens for the purposes of interstellar exploration
  • Investigates a key problem of interstellar flight – the telecommunications between the spacecraft and the Earth – especially at very high speeds
  • Details a range of important mathematical tools relating to the Karhunen-Loève Transform for optimal telecommunications
  • Allows astronautical engineers to understand the important applications of the results without becoming too involved in the mathematical proofs
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The majority of books dealing with prospects for interstellar flight tackle the problem of the propulsion systems that will be needed to send a craft on an interstellar trajectory. The proposed book looks at two other, equally important aspects of such space missions, and each forms half of this two part book.

Part 1 looks at the ways in which it is possible to exploit the focusing effect of the Sun as a gravitational lens for scientific missions to distances of 550 AU and beyond into interstellar space. The author explains the mechanism of the Sun as a gravitational lens, the scientific investigations which may be carried out along the way to a distance of 550 AU (and at the 550 AU sphere itself), the requirements for exiting the Solar System at the highest speed and a range of project ideas for missions entering interstellar space.

Part 2 of the book deals with the problems of communicating between an interstellar spaceship and the Earth, especially at very high speeds. Here the author assesses a range of mathematical tools relating to the Karhunen-Loève Transform (KLT) for optimal telecommunications, technical topics that may one day enable humans flying around the Galaxy to keep in contact with the Earth. This part of the book opens with a summary of the author’s 2003 Pešek Lecture presented at the IAC in Bremen, which introduces the concept of KLT for engineers and ‘newcomers’ to the subject. It is planned to include a DVD containing the full mathematical derivations of the KLT for those interested in this important mathematical tool whilst the text itself will contain the various results without outlines of the mathematical proofs. Astronautical engineers will thus be able to see the application of the results without getting bogged down in the mathematics.

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eBook $169.00
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Hardcover $219.00
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Softcover $219.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-09202-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Deep Space Flight and Communications
Book Subtitle
Exploiting the Sun as a Gravitational Lens
Authors
Series Title
Astronautical Engineering
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-72943-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-72943-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-72942-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-09202-2
Series ISSN
2365-9599
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIV, 402
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK
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