Introduction to Space Dynamics

Introduction to Space Dynamics

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by William Tyrrell Thomson, William T. Thomson

Comprehensive, classic introduction to space-flight engineering for advanced undergraduate and graduate students provides basic tools for quantitative analysis of the motions of satellites and other vehicles in space.See more details below


Comprehensive, classic introduction to space-flight engineering for advanced undergraduate and graduate students provides basic tools for quantitative analysis of the motions of satellites and other vehicles in space.

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Dover Publications
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Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering Series
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5.43(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
  1.1 Basic concepts
  1.2 Scalar and Vector Quantities
  1.3 Properties of a Vector
  1.4 Moment of a Vector
  1.5 Angular Velocity Vector
  1.6 Derivative of a Vector
Chapter 2. Kinematics
  2.1 Velocity and acceleration
  2.2 Plane Motion (Radial and Transverse Components)
  2.3 Tangential and Normal Components
  2.4 Plane Motion along a Rotating Curve (Relative Motion)
  2.5 General Case of Space Motion
  2.6 Motion Relative to the Rotating Earth
Chapter 3. Transformation of Coordinates
  3.1 Transformation of Displacements
  3.2 Transformation of Velocites
  3.3 Instantaneous Center
  3.4 Euler's Angles
  3.5 Transformation of Angular Velocities
Chapter 4. Particle Dynamics (Satellite Orbits)
  4.1 Force and Momentum
  4.2 Impulse and Momentum
  4.3 Work and Energy
  4.4 Moment of Momentum
  4.5 Motion Under a Central Force
  4.6 The Two-body Problem
  4.7 Orbits of Planets and Satellites
  4.8 Geometry of conic Sections
  4.9 Orbit Established from Initial conditions
  4.10 Satellite Launched with beta subscript 0 = 0
  4.11 Cotangential Transfer between Coplanar Circular Orbits
  4.12 Transfer between Coplanar Coaxial Elliptic Orbits
  4.13 Orbital Change due to Impulsive Thrust
  4.14 Perturbation of Orbital Parameters
  4.15 Stability of Small Oscillations about a Circular Orbit
  4.16 Interception and Rendezvous
  4.17 Long-Range Ballistic Trajectories
  4.18 Effect of the Earth's Oblateness
Chapter 5. Gyrodynamics
  5.1 Displacement of a Rigid Body
  5.2 Moment of Momentum of a Rigid Body (About a Fixed Point or the Moving Center of Mass)
  5.3 Kinetic Energy of a Rigid Body
  5.4 Moment of Inertia about a Rotated Axis
  5.5 Principal Axes
  5.6 Euler's Moment Equation
  5.7 Euler's Equation for Principal Axes
  5.8 Body of Revolution with Zero External Moment (Body Coordinates)
  5.9 Body of Revolution with Zero Moment, in Terms of Euler's Angles
  5.10 Unsymmetrical Body with Zero External Moment (Poinsot's Geometric Solution)
  5.11 Unequal Moments of Inertia with Zero Moment (Analytical Solution)
  5.12 Stability of Rotation about Principal Axes
  5.13 General Motion of a Symmetric Gyro or Top
  5.14 Steady Precession of a Symmetric Gyro or Top
  5.15. Precession and Nutation of the Earth's Polar Axis
  5.16 General Motion of a Rigid Body
Chapter 6. Dynamics of Gyroscopic Instruments
  6.1 Small Oscillations of Gyros
  6.2 Oscilaltions About Gimbal Axes
  6.3 Gimbal Masses Included (Perturbation Technique)
  6.4 The Gyrocompass
  6.5 Oscillation of the Gyrocompass
  6.6 The Rate Gyro
  6.7 The Integrating Gyro
  6.8 The Stable Platform
  6.9 The Three-Axis Platform
  6.10 Inertial Navigation
  6.11 Oscillation of Navigational Errors
Chapter 7. Space Vehicle Motion
  7.1 General Equations in Body Coordinates
  7.2 Thrust Misalignment
  7.3 Rotations Referred to Inertial Coordinates
  7.4 Near Symmetric Body of Revolution with Zero Moment
  7.5 Despinning of Satellites
  7.6 Attitude Drift of Space Vehicles
  7.7 Variable Mass
  7.8 Jet Damping (Nonspinning Variable Mass Rocket)
  7.9 Euler's Dynamical Equations for Spinning Rockets
  7.10 Angle of Attack of the Missile
  7.11 General Motion of Spinning Bodies with Varying Configuration and Mass
Chapter 8. Performance and Optimization
  8.1 Performance of Single-Stage Rockets
  8.2 Optimization of Multistage Rockets
  8.3 Flight Trajectory Optimization
  8.4 Optimum Program for Propellant Utilization
  8.5 Gravity Turn
Chapter 9. Generalized Theories of Mechanics
  9.1 Introduction
  9.2 System with Constraints
  9.3 Generalized Coordinates
  9.4 Holonomic and Nonholonomic systems
  9.5 Principle of Virtual work
  9.6 D'Alembert's Principle
  9.7 Hamilton's Principle
  9.8 Lagrange's Equation (Holonomic system)
  9.9 Nonholonomic System
  9.10 Lagrange's Equation for Impulsive Forces
  9.11 Lagrange's Equations for Rotating Coordinates
  9.12 Missile Dynamic Analysis
  General References
Appendix A. Matrices
Appendix B. Dyadics
Appendix C. The Variational Calculus

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