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Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students


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All the necessary tools to learn orbital mechanics in one volume-theory, practical examples, and computational tools

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Dynamics of Point Masses Chapter 2: The Two-Body Problem Chapter 3: Orbital Position as a Function of Time Chapter 4: Orbits in Three Dimensions Chapter 5: Preliminary Orbit Determination Chapter 6: Orbital Maneuvers Chapter 7: Relative Motion and Rendezvous Chapter 8: Interplanetary Trajectories Chapter 9: Rigid Body Dynamics Chapter 10: Satellite Attitude Dynamics Chapter 11: Rocket Vehicle Dynamics Chapter 12: Introduction to Orbital Perturbations Appendix A: Physical Data Appendix B: A Road Map Appendix C: Numerical Integration of the N-Body Equations of Motion Appendix D: MATLAB Algorithms Appendix E: Gravitational Potential Energy of a Sphere Appendix F: Computing the Difference Between Nearly Equal Numbers

About the Author

Professor Curtis is former professor and department chair of Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a licensed professional engineer and is the author of two textbooks (Orbital Mechanics 3e, Elsevier 2013, and Fundamentals of Aircraft Structural Analysis, McGraw Hill 1997). His research specialties include continuum mechanics, structures, dynamics, and orbital mechanics.

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