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Designed for undergraduate courses in Spacecraft Dynamics and Orbital Mechanics, this new edition offers a three-dimensional treatment of dynamics discussions of rigid body dynamics, rocket trajectories, and the space environment. An expert in his field, author William E. Wiesel presents a wealth of information in an easy-to-understand manner without the daunting mathematical rigor of graduate texts. Reference is made to actual flight vehicles and satellites to give students background on the type of work currently being done in this field.

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Table of Contents

1 Particle Dynamics 1
2 The Two-Body Problem 44
3 Earth-Satellite Operations 73
4 Rigid-Body Dynamics 97
5 Satellite-Attitude Dynamics 125
6 Gyroscopic Instruments 165
7 Rocket Performance 192
8 Reentry Dynamics 228
9 The Space Environment 254
10 The Restricted Three-Body Problem 278
11 Interplanetary Trajectories 297
A Vectors and Matrices 315
B Linear Systems 319
C Astrodynamic Constants 323
Index 325
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2004

    Excellent book for a first class in astronautics

    I used this book for my first course in astronautics, and I found it to be an excellent resource for the course. It covers the basics in both orbital mechanics and attitude mechanics including such topics as Kepler's Problem, ECI => Classical Conversions, Euler Angles, etc. This book also has a great chapter on the Restricted 3rd Body Problem. I have taken multiple courses in astrodynamics, and I still see myself using this book as a background resource due to its straighforwardness and its clarity.

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