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Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering)

Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering)

Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering)
By Roger R. Bate, Donald D. Mueller, Jerry E. White

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When the United States Air Force Academy began teaching astrodynamics to undergraduates majoring in astronautics or aerospace engineering, it found that the traditional approach to the subject was well over 100 years old. An entirely new text had to be evolved, geared to the use of high speed digital computers and actual current practice in the industry. Over the years the new approach was proven in the classrooms of the Academy; its students entering graduate engineering schools were found to possess a better understanding of astrodynamics than others. So pressing is the need for superior training in the aerospace sciences that the professor-authors of this text decided to publish it for other institutions' use. This Dover edition is the result.
The text is structured for teaching. Central emphasis is on use of the universal variable formulation, although classical methods are discussed. Several original unpublished derivations are included. A foundation for all that follows is the development of the basic two-body and n-body equations of motion; orbit determination is then treated, and the classical orbital elements, coordinate transformations, and differential correction. Orbital transfer maneuvers are developed, followed by time-of-flight with emphasis on the universal variable solution. The Kepler and Gauss problems are treated in detail. Two-body mechanics are applied to the ballistic missile problem, including launch error analysis and targeting on a rotating earth. Some further specialized applications are made to lunar and interplanetary flight, followed by an introduction to perturbation, special perturbations, integration schemes and errors, and analytic formulation of several common perturbations.
Example problems are used frequently, while exercises at the end of each chapter include derivations and quantitative and qualitative problems. The authors suggest how to use the text for a first course in astrodynamics or for a two-course sequence.
This major instructional tool effectively communicates the subject to engineering students in a manner found in no other textbook. Its efficiency has been thoroughly demonstrated. Dover feels privileged in joining with the authors to make its concepts and text matter available to other faculties.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #25099 in Books
  • Brand: imusti
  • Published on: 1971-06-01
  • Released on: 1971-06-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.48" h x .92" w x 5.44" l, 1.06 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 480 pages

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When the United States Air Force Academy began teaching astrodynamics to undergraduates majoring in astronautics or aerospace engineering, it found that the traditional approach to the subject was well over 100 years old. An entirely new text had to be evolved, geared to the use of high speed digital computers and actual current practice in the industry. Over the years the new approach was proven in the classrooms of the Academy; its students entering graduate engineering schools were found to possess a better understanding of astrodynamics than others. So pressing is the need for superior training in the aerospace sciences that the professor-authors of this text decided to publish it for other institutions' use. This Dover edition is the result.
The text is structured for teaching. Central emphasis is on use of the universal variable formulation, although classical methods are discussed. Several original unpublished derivations are included. A foundation for all that follows is the development of the basic two-body and n-body equations of motion; orbit determination is then treated, and the classical orbital elements, coordinate transformations, and differential correction. Orbital transfer maneuvers are developed, followed by time-of-flight with emphasis on the universal variable solution. The Kepler and Gauss problems are treated in detail. Two-body mechanics are applied to the ballistic missile problem, including launch error analysis and targeting on a rotating earth. Some further specialized applications are made to lunar and interplanetary flight, followed by an introduction to perturbation, special perturbations, integration schemes and errors, and analytic formulation of several common perturbations.
Example problems are used frequently, while exercises at the end of each chapter include derivations and quantitative and qualitative problems. The authors suggest how to use the text for a first course in astrodynamics or for a two-course sequence.
This major instructional tool effectively communicates the subject to engineering students in a manner found in no other textbook. Its efficiency has been thoroughly demonstrated. Dover feels privileged in joining with the authors to make its concepts and text matter available to other faculties.
A new work, first published by Dover in 1971.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
4Great for self-study and an introduction to the subject.
By Joseph Sweat
A very good introduction to the subject. Many examples are given and several of the questions have answers in the text which makes this ideal for self study.

The primary focus is on geocentric (Earth-centered) orbits. Especially the orbits of satellites and ballistic missiles. There are two chapters which include detailed information on Lunar injection trajectories and interplanetary transfer orbits.

You will need to know basic algebra, matrix multiplication, trigonometry, and vector mechanics in order to answer the questions. Fortunately, if you had a decent precalculus course in high school or college you should have all the math you need. There is also a nice review of vector mechanics in the appendix.

The only flaw I found was that some of the chapters were way too long. The author places all of the questions at the end of the chapter. So when you have a 100 page long chapter that is a lot of information to cover in the questions. If they ever make a second edition I would recommend that they place questions at the end of individual sections rather than have seven or eight sections worth of questions grouped together at the end of a chapter.

Also save yourself the trouble and make a formula chart. There are tons of formulas in this book and rather than having to flip pages constantly it is a lot easier to write every new formula down on a sheet of paper. These formula charts will make the exercises flow faster.

This book would be perfect for someone who wants to know how orbits work. It would also make a great gift for any Kerbal Space Program fans you know.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
5This book is badass
By OhHiMark
Really. First chapter is like an orbital slap to the face but then you tell yourself you're ready for chapter two at which point you get punched in the nuts.

Hell yeah.

Everything I could need for an intro is in this book. If I need a question answered about an equation, it's thoroughly answered and fully described in this book.

I really want a hardcover but that s*** DNE.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Good book
By Michael K. Fox
I've read a lot of text books in my time. An unfortunate number of them were written by people who, while they may know their subject, are not skilled at teaching. I've learned to be particularly wary of books whose titles begin with "Introduction to" or "Fundamentals of" because they tend to start out with a few pages about the really simple fundamentals, then the rest of the book is completely abstruse. This book is not like that. The authors (Bate, Mueller and White) start from fundamentals and proceed slowly and steadily to build on them in a logical fashion. The book contains exercises that (wonder of wonders) actually added to my understanding of the material. The authors clearly have experience teaching this subject and seemed to have an intuitive grasp of exactly where I would have trouble understanding, whereupon they would offer a little extra extra explanation or some coaching about the math or even (wow) a discussion about the physical implications of a mathematical equation they had derived. This book is exactly what the title claims; "Fundamentals of Astrodynamics." Note that you will need to know trigonometry and some vector math and linear algebra before reading this book.

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