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Orbital Mechanics - John E. Prussing

Hardcover Published: 1st July 1993
ISBN: 9780195078343
Number Of Pages: 206

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One of the major challenges of modern space mission design is the orbital mechanics -- determining how to get a spacecraft to its destination using a limited amount of propellant. Recent missions such as Voyager and Galileo required gravity assist maneuvers at several planets to accomplish their objectives. Today's students of aerospace engineering face the challenge of calculating these types of complex spacecraft trajectories. This classroom-tested textbook takes its title from an elective course which has been taught to senior undergraduates and first-year graduate students for the past 22 years. The subject of orbital mechanics is developed starting from the first principles, using Newton's laws of motion and the law of gravitation to prove Kepler's empirical laws of planetary motion. Unlike many texts the authors also use first principles to derive other important results including Kepler's equation, Lambert's time-of-flight equation, the rocket equation, the Hill-Clohessy-Wiltshire equations of relative motion, Gauss' equations for the variation of the elements, and the Gauss and Laplace methods of orbit determination. The subject of orbit transfer receives special attention. Optimal orbit transfers such as the Hohmann transfer, minimum-fuel transfers using more than two impulses, and non-coplanar orbital transfer are discussed. Patched-conic interplanetary trajectories including gravity-assist maneuvers are the subject of an entire chapter and are particularly relevant to modern space missions.

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"[Prussing and Conway] have written up their final-year university course. Here, celestial mechanics is expanded into space aeronautics. The book is a paragon of clarity and has problems and worked examples." --David Hughes (Univ of Sheffield), New Scientist "Good references and problem sets..." --Choice

1: The n-body Problem 2: Position in Orbit as a Function of Time 3: The Orbit in Space 4: Lambert's Problem 5: Rocket Dynamics 6: Impulsive Orbit Transfer 7: Interplanetary Mission Analysis 8: Linear Orbit Theory 9: Determination of the Perturbed Orbit 10: Orbit Determination

ISBN: 9780195078343
ISBN-10: 0195078349
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: 1st July 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.1  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.45

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