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Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students
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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
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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

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