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Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students, Third Edition (Aerospace Engineering)

Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students, Third Edition (Aerospace Engineering)

Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students, Third Edition (Aerospace Engineering)
By Howard D Curtis Ph.D. Purdue University

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Book Description

Written by Howard Curtis, Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle University, Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students is a crucial text for students of aerospace engineering. Now in its 3e, the book has been brought up-to-date with new topics, key terms, homework exercises, and fully worked examples. Highly illustrated and fully supported with downloadable MATLAB algorithms for project and practical work, this book provides all the tools needed to fully understand the subject.

  • New chapter on orbital perturbations
  • New and revised examples and homework problems
  • Increased coverage of attitude dynamics, including new MATLAB algorithms and examples


Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #17004 in Books
  • Published on: 2013-11-08
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.25" h x 1.00" w x 7.52" l, 3.75 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 768 pages

Customer Reviews

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful.
5Outstanding book on a fascinating subject
By Susan Adams
As a student of aerospace engineering, I took a class in orbital mechanics - a truly fascinating subject. Like many others at the time, I was exposed to "Fundamentals of Astrodynamics" by Bate et al. As far as I know, people thought it was the best text available. However, it is no match for Curtis' book. Comparing the two made me somewhat envious of today's student. Orbital Mechanics offers great clarity, great solved examples, and surprising depth, considering it is an undergraduate text. To me clarity is of the essence and, to me, nothing provides more clarity than worked out examples, in particular if they involve realistic scenarios. For instance, one of the examples of this nature provides a step-by-step approach to determine the orbit of an asteroid from two observations. A great book I recommend to anyone studying orbital mechanics.

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful.
1Digitalized the Wrong Way
By Yishen Miao
The book itself has decent quality. However, in the Kindle version, all the equations are scanned images in low resolution. This combines with the blackboard bold font make it impossible to read pixilated equations.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
4this book made for an excellent companion. The included MATLAB codes
By Math Dude
My Astrodynamics class used the classic by Bate due to the very low cost. However, because the book we used was last updated a looooooong time ago (there were references to the Soviets everywhere...which just made me feel old...), this book made for an excellent companion. The included MATLAB codes, especially for the classic orbital elements, were outstanding, and the flow of the book mostly matched how my class progressed as well. Highly recommended.

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