Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students

3rd Edition

Authors: Howard Curtis
Hardcover ISBN: 9780080977478
eBook ISBN: 9780080977485
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 25th October 2013
Page Count: 768
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Table of Contents

Dedication

Preface

Supplements to the text

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1. Dynamics of Point Masses

Abstract

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Vectors

1.3 Kinematics

1.4 Mass, force, and Newton’s law of gravitation

1.5 Newton’s law of motion

1.6 Time derivatives of moving vectors

1.7 Relative motion

1.8 Numerical integration

Problems

Section 1.3

Section 1.4

Section 1.5

Section 1.6

Section 1.7

Section 1.8

Chapter 2. The Two-Body Problem

Abstract

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Equations of motion in an inertial frame

2.3 Equations of relative motion

2.4 Angular momentum and the orbit formulas

2.5 The energy law

2.6 Circular orbits (e = 0)

2.7 Elliptical orbits (0 < e < 1)

2.8 Parabolic trajectories (e = 1)

2.9 Hyperbolic trajectories (e > 1)

2.10 Perifocal frame

2.11 The Lagrange coefficients

2.12 Restricted three-body problem

Problems

Section 2.2

Section 2.3

Section 2.4

Section 2.5

Section 2.6

Section 2.7

Section 2.8

Section 2.9

Section 2.11

Section 2.12

Chapter 3. Orbital Position as a Function of Time

Abstract

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Time since periapsis

3.3 Circular orbits (e = 0)

3.4 Elliptical orbits (e < 1)

3.5 Parabolic trajectories (e = 1)

3.6 Hyperbolic trajectories (e > 1)

3.7 Universal variables

Problems

Section 3.4

Section 3.5

Section 3.6

Section 3.7

Chapter 4. Orbits in Three Dimensions

Abstract

4.1 In


Description

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.

Key Features

  • New chapter on orbital perturbations
  • New and revised examples and homework problems
  • Increased coverage of attitude dynamics, including new MATLAB algorithms and examples

Readership

Undergraduate students in aerospace, astronautical, mechanical engineering, and engineering physics; related professional aerospace and space engineering fields.


Details

No. of pages:
768
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Butterworth-Heinemann 2014
Published:
Imprint:
Butterworth-Heinemann
Hardcover ISBN:
9780080977478
eBook ISBN:
9780080977485

Reviews

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.


About the Authors

Howard Curtis Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida, USA