The command and control of satellites is based on the work of Johannes Kepler and the science that evolved from his fundamental theories. The physics involved in the command and control of satellites is usually categorized as orbital mechanics. One of the first requirements is to develop a co-ordinate system that is easy to use and measure and defines the motion of body or satellite in its orbit. After this is accomplished the propagation of the orbital path needs to be calculated. There are numerous ways to do this. The next problem to address are the numerous perturbation effects.
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About this title One of the major challenges of modern space mission design is the orbital mechanics -- determining how to get a spacecraft to its destination using a limited amount of propellant. Recent missions such as Voyager and Galileo required gravity assist maneuvers at several planets to accomplish their objectives.
This classroom-tested textbook takes its title from an elective course which has been taught to senior undergraduates and first-year graduate students for the past 22 years. The subject of orbit transfer receives special attention.
Optimal orbit transfers such as the Hohmann transfer, minimum-fuel transfers using more than two impulses, and non-coplanar orbital transfer are discussed. Patched-conic interplanetary trajectories including gravity-assist maneuvers are the subject of an entire chapter and are particularly relevant to modern space missions. About the Author: John A. Prussing and Bruce A. Review: "[Prussing and Conway] have written up their final-year university course. Here, celestial mechanics is expanded into space aeronautics.
The book is a paragon of clarity and has problems and worked examples.