Robot Builder's Bonanza, Third Edition [NOOK Book]

Overview

The amateur robotics market is maturing every year

There are even several companies that cater specifically to the hobbyist and educational market. With the advent of such organisations as FIRST and KISS robotics, it is the perfect time to release a new and clearly improved version of our powerhouse RBB.

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  • Covers LEGO to legged robot construction plans to provide ...
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Overview

The amateur robotics market is maturing every year

There are even several companies that cater specifically to the hobbyist and educational market. With the advent of such organisations as FIRST and KISS robotics, it is the perfect time to release a new and clearly improved version of our powerhouse RBB.

Key features

  • Covers LEGO to legged robot construction plans to provide a scope from the raw beginner to the intermediate/advanced reader
  • ALL projects are being revamped to be more usable, more customisable, and more visual -- with illustrations of the final product right at the beginning of the chapter
  • Eliminates the outdated or "out of tune" chapters that don't appeal to current robot audiences
  • UNPRECEDENTED author duo -- literally the two grand masters of the robotic world

This comprehensive text provides details on all types of analog and digital satellite communications systems. It clearly explains the "hows" and the "whys" of orbital mechanics; describes basic hardware such as satellite structures, antennas, and earth stations; and spotlights a wide variety of the latest telecommunications applications.

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A textbook for a senior-level engineering technology or introductory engineering course. Avoids lengthy mathematical derivations, but provides references and results using Mathcad, the fundamentals of which are explained in an appendix. Assumes a knowledge of basic communication circuits and systems, but no background in satellite communications. First published in 1989. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071486989
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 2/21/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 733
  • Sales rank: 1,363,453
  • File size: 32 MB
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Meet the Author

Gordon McComb is an avid electronics hobbyist who has written for TAB Books for a number of years. He wrote the best-selling Troubleshooting and Repairing VCRs (now in its third edition), Gordon McComb's Gadgeteer's Goldmine, and Lasers, Ray Guns, and Light Cannons.

Myke Predko has 20 years experience in the design, manufacturing, and testing of electronic circuits. An experienced author, Myke wrote McGraw-Hill's best-selling 123 Robotics Projects for the Evil Genius; 123 PIC Microcontroller Experiments for the Evil Genius, PIC Microcontroller Pocket Reference; Programming and Customizing PIC Microcontrollers, Second Edition; Programming Robot Controllers; and other books, and is the principal designer of both TAB Electronics Build Your Own Robot Kits.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Overview of Satellite Systems 1
Ch. 2 Orbits and Launching Methods 21
Ch. 3 The Geostationary Orbit 67
Ch. 4 Radio Wave Propagation 91
Ch. 5 Polarization 101
Ch. 6 Antennas 121
Ch. 7 The Space Segment 167
Ch. 8 The Earth Segment 209
Ch. 9 Analog Signals 221
Ch. 10 Digital Signals 251
Ch. 11 Error Control Coding 283
Ch. 12 The Space Link 305
Ch. 13 Interference 345
Ch. 14 Satellite Access 369
Ch. 15 Satellite Services and the Internet 437
Ch. 16 Direct Broadcast Satellite Services 461
Ch. 17 Satellite Services 487
App. A Answers to Selected Problems 509
App. B Conic Sections 515
App. C NASA Two-Line Orbital Elements 533
App. D Listings of Artificial Satellites 537
App. E Illustrating Third-Order Intermodulation Products 541
App. F: Acronyms 543
App. G Logarithmic Units 549
App. H Mathcad Notation 553
References 557
Index 565
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Sounds good to me ( ' - ') :)

    Cool ;) :) :() :*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    IT IS A BUILDER

    Without any doubt, Robot¿s Builder Bonanza is a great book with great sources. If you have even Lego Mind-storm Invention, pick up this helpful book. The sources are more than just great. Actually, if you are tired from looking around Google for any online bargains to buy parts for your project, you will find the sources here are just incredible and amazing. In addition, I really like the way the author decides to approach. He focused to teach beginners as well as professionals at the same time some easy ways to design circuit boards and make your own program that really works successfully and efficiently. Don¿t start somewhere else, start learning robotics here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2002

    The book that sparked the revolution of hobby robots

    This is the best book ever written on hobby robotics. It is amazing on how much this book covers in an introduction level robot book that is explained in an easy to understand format. Gordon McComb never uses florid speech with repetitions that would confuse the beginner; this book is truly a five star beginner¿s guide to building robots. If you want to get started in robots for a hobby, this is the book to start. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2002

    Best book robot book ever!

    This book is the best robotics book I have ever clapped eyes on. I spent six hours at the library, and not one book that I read came even close to the level of this book. Gordon McComb explains very clearly and covers such a wide range of topics, this becomes a must for every robot builder! Even if you have no other experience with robots, you will still enjoy this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2002

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is awesome!!! (^_^)+book= (^o^)<woohoo!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2001

    Excellent first robotics book

    I just purchased this book and it is excellent! It covers all the important topics for a beginner in robotics including electronics, mechanics, programming, where to get materials, etc. It also contains plans for about 10 different robots and gives advice on how to design and build your own. The only thing it didn't cover that I might have liked for it to is biped (or 2-legged) robots. I guess this is more of an advanced topic though and maybe not suitable for a beginner's book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2000

    Welcome Update of a Classic

    This second edition of Robot Builder's Bonanza provides a much needed update on the rapidly expanding interest in mobile robotics. Many amateurs started their robot building hobby with the appearance of the first edition in 1987. Since then there has been many updates in the sensors and especially microprocessors available for robot builders. Gordon McComb brings us up-to-date on this technology while maintaining the valuable construction tips and techniques of the first edition. Every book has an intended audience. I know of no better book than Robot Builder's Bonanza for beginners in this fascinating and future technology. The book is also a valuable compendium of ideas and techniques for more experienced robot builders. Finally, if you're a tinkerer, you have to have this book.

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    Posted December 21, 2008

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