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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 Several original unpublished derivations are included.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: #35155 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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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4sufficient for an introductory course in orbital mechanics
By J. L. Conaway II
This is the first edition of a book from the 70's, and it shows. Although most of the content is correct, there are a few serious errors in the formulas that will presumably be corrected in the 2nd edition. It's somewhat entertaining seeing half of the formulas with sections drawn in by hand. They also go on a bit about the Soviets and the Red Chinese, which is always a treat. The units throughout the book are a random mix of nautical miles, kilometers, and canonical units. Overall the book does its job, but there are probably better orbital mechanics books out there.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5For a beginner this book is both readable and practical ...
By Aaron M. Drake
For a beginner this book is both readable and practical. YOu could read the book to get a sense of the history of this material, and then learn the in depth derivations of the mathematics.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4The surgeon general has determined that this book is for engineers only for all others could lead to brain damage
By Donald D. Farra
This is a engineering book for students and those of in the SC business coming up to speed on the subject and for reference later. Read the other commentaries for details. The one thing I walked away with was it is not as easy as I first thought to master the concepts. It seems that astrodynamics is a puzzle within a puzzle, and that once you are done reading & understand the concepts in the book you will have a greater appreciation of those who came before us who created deep space probes (JPL).

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