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Practical Astrodynamics


Part of the Springer Aerospace Technology book series (SAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Alessandro de Iaco Veris
    Pages 1-128
  3. Alessandro de Iaco Veris
    Pages 129-321
  4. Alessandro de Iaco Veris
    Pages 323-569
  5. Alessandro de Iaco Veris
    Pages 571-758
  6. Alessandro de Iaco Veris
    Pages 759-856
  7. Alessandro de Iaco Veris
    Pages 857-1000
  8. Alessandro de Iaco Veris
    Pages 1001-1040
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    Pages 1041-1132
  10. Alessandro de Iaco Veris
    Pages 1133-1211
  11. Alessandro de Iaco Veris
    Pages 1213-1256
  12. Alessandro de Iaco Veris
    Pages 1257-1309

About this book


This modern textbook guides the reader through the theory and practice of the motion and attitude control of space vehicles. It first presents the fundamental principles of spaceflight mechanics and then addresses more complex concepts and applications of perturbation theory, orbit determination and refinement, space propulsion, orbital maneuvers, interplanetary trajectories, gyroscope dynamics, attitude control, and rocket performance. Many algorithms used in the modern practice of trajectory computation are also provided. The numerical treatment of the equations of motion, the related methods, and the tables needed to use them receive particular emphasis. A large collection of bibliographical references (including books, articles, and items from the "gray literature") is provided at the end of each chapter, and attention is drawn to many internet resources available to the reader. The book will be of particular value to undergraduate and graduate students in aerospace engineering.


Spaceflight dynamics Astrodynamics textbook Space dynamics textbook Orbit determination Space propulsion Orbital Mechanics Equations of motion Mechanics of gyroscopes Spacecraft attitude control Rocket performance Orbital maneuvers Interplanetary trajectories Aerospace navigation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.RomeItaly

About the authors

Alessandro de Iaco Veris holds a degree in civil engineering and another in aerospace engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Rome. He has also undertaken special training, including a high-level professional course on "Projet, calcul et emploi des fusées spatiales" at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ENSAE) and a course on "Dynamics of Controlled Structures" at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a strong proponent of the application of mathematics for practical purposes and in particular for the solution of problems arising in engineering. His experience is in the field of mathematical models and numerical methods for aerodynamics, space flight mechanics, system studies, and mission analysis. His professional interests focus on numerical integration methods used to predict the motion of space vehicles and Earth satellites subject to perturbations.

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