Fundamentals of Astrodynamics: Second Edition

Fundamentals of Astrodynamics: Second Edition

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Developed at the U.S. Air Force Academy, this teaching text is widely known and used throughout the astrodynamics and aerospace engineering communities. Completely revised and updated, this second edition takes into account new developments of the past four decades, especially regarding information technology.
Central emphasis is placed on the use of the universal variable formulation, although classical methods are also discussed. The development of the basic two-body and n-body equations of motion serves as a foundation for all that follows. Subsequent topics include orbit determination and the classical orbital elements, coordinate transformations, and differential correction. The Kepler and Gauss problems are treated in detail, and two-body mechanics are applied to the ballistic missile problem. Perturbations, integration schemes and error, and analytic formulations of several common perturbations are introduced. Example problems and exercises appear throughout the text, along with photographs, diagrams, and drawings. Four helpful appendixes conclude the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486497044
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 01/15/2020
Series: Dover Books on Physics
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 218,803
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

All of the authors are present or former members of the faculty of the Department of Astronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Jerry E. White is still active, and William W. Saylor is the new team member.

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Chapter 1 Two-Body Orbital Mechanics
1.1 Historical Background and Basic Laws
1.2 Basic Laws 1
1.3 The N-Body Problem 
1.4 The Two-Body Problem 
1.5 Constants of Motion
1.6 The Trajectory Equation 
1.7 Relating E and h to the Geometry of an Orbit
1.8 The Elliptical Orbit 
1.9 The Circular Orbit 
1.10 The Parabolic Orbit 
1.11 The Hyperbolic Orbit
1.12 Canonical Units
Chapter 2 Orbit Determination from Observations 
2.1 Historical Background 
2.2 Coordinate Systems 
2.3 Classical Orbital Elements 
2.4 Determining the Orbital Elements from r and v 
2.5 Determining r and v from the Orbital Elements 
2.6 Coordinate Transformations 
2.7 Orbit Determination from a SingularRadar Observation 
2.8 SEZ to IJK Transformation Using an Ellipsoid Earth Model 
2.9 The Measurement of Time
2.10 Orbit Determination from Three Position Vectors 
2.11 Orbit Determination from Optical Sightings 
2.12 Improving a Preliminary Orbit by Differential Correct
2.13 Space Surveillance 
2.14 Ground Track of a Satellite 
Chapter 3 Basic Orbital Maneuvers 
3.1 Historical Background 
3.2 Low-Altitude Earth Orbits 
3.3 High-Altitude Earth Orbits 
3.4 In-Plane Orbit Changes
3.5 Out-of-Plane Orbit Changes 
Chapter 4 Position and Velocity as a Function of Time 
4.1 Historical Background 
4.2 Time-of-Flight as a Function of
Eccentric Anomaly
4.3 A Universal Formulation for Time-of-Flight 
4.4 The Prediction Problem 
4.5 Implementing the Universal Variable Formulation 
4.6 Classical Formulations of the Kepler Problem 
Chapter 5 Orbit Determination from Two Positions and Time 
5.1 Historical Background 
5.2 The Gauss Problem—General Methods of Solution 
5.3 Solutions of the Gauss Problem via Universal Variables 
5.4 The p-Iteration Method 
5.5 The Gauss Problem Using the f and g Series 
5.6 The Original Gauss Method
5.7 Practical Applications of the Gauss Problem—Intercept and Rendezvous
5.8 Determination of Orbit from
Sighting Directions at Station 
Chapter 6 Ballistic Missile Trajectories 
6.1 Historical Background 
6.2 The General Ballistic Missile Problem 
6.3 Effect of Launching Errors on Range 
6.4 The Effect of Earth Rotation 
Chapter 7 Lunar Trajectories 
7.1 Historical Background 
7.2 The Earth-Moon System 
7.3 Simple Earth-Moon Trajectories 
7.4 The Patched-Conic Approximation
7.5 Noncoplanar Lunar Trajectories 
Chapter 8 Interplanetary Trajectories 
8.1 Historical Background
8.2 The Solar System
8.3 The Patched-Conic Approximation 
8.4 Noncoplanar Interplanetary Trajectories 
8.5 Planetary Flybys
Chapter 9 Perturbations 
9.1 Historical Background 
9.2 Cowell’s Method
9.3 Encke’s Method
9.4 Variation of Parameters or Elements 
9.5 Comments on Integration Schemes and Errors 
9.6 Numerical Integration Methods 
9.7 Analytic Formulations of Perturbative Accelerations 
Chapter 10 Special Topics
10.1 Historical Background 
10.2 General Perturbation Models 
10.3 NORAD Propagators and Two-Line Element Sets 
10.4 Relative Motion of Satellites
Appendix A Astrodynamic Constants
Appendix B Vector Review 
B.1 Definitions
B.2 Vector Operations 
B.3 Velocity
Appendix C Gauss Problem 
Appendix D Proposed Three-Line Element Set

Customer Reviews

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kislam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I always wanted to be an astronaut, so I figured I'd start educating myself. Who knows, one day space might open up and become accessible to the private sector; maybe I can find a gig as a flight dynamics officer. Anways, old but good. This book contains an excellent introduction to the physics, physical environment, and if I recall right, touches on some programming topics for the space environment.