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Orbital Motion in Strongly Perturbed Environments

Applications to Asteroid, Comet and Planetary Satellite Orbiters


Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Astronautical Engineering book sub series (ASTROENG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVii
  2. Modeling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Daniel J. Scheeres
      Pages 3-22
    3. Daniel J. Scheeres
      Pages 23-59
  3. Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Daniel J. Scheeres
      Pages 63-86
    3. Daniel J. Scheeres
      Pages 87-103
    4. Daniel J. Scheeres
      Pages 105-141
    5. Daniel J. Scheeres
      Pages 143-169
  4. Applications to Asteroids, Comets and Planetary Satellites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-173
    2. Daniel J. Scheeres
      Pages 175-200
    3. Daniel J. Scheeres
      Pages 201-214
    4. Daniel J. Scheeres
      Pages 215-229
    5. Daniel J. Scheeres
      Pages 231-242
    6. Daniel J. Scheeres
      Pages 243-254
    7. Daniel J. Scheeres
      Pages 255-275
    8. Daniel J. Scheeres
      Pages 277-288
    9. Daniel J. Scheeres
      Pages 289-300
    10. Daniel J. Scheeres
      Pages 301-304
    11. Daniel J. Scheeres
      Pages 305-326

About this book


The proposed book will provide a detailed, technical introduction to the analysis of orbital motion in strongly perturbed environments, focusing on motion about small Solar System bodies, such as comets and asteroids. The author shows why such small bodies are of interest and why they can be used as a motivation for the general analysis of orbital mechanics. He shows how it is possible to model the small body environment, including specialised cases such as those of binary asteroids, comets and ‘rubble piles’, and how the fundamental equations of motion are derived. The properties of the various solutions to the equations of motion are described and the methods of analysis and their application are discussed. Both ballistic motion and powered motion on and about small bodies are considered and case studies for different small body missions are presented. The author concludes his comprehensive treatment with a discussion of the mechanics of multi-body small body systems and a review of advanced topics and future applications.


Hamiltonian system ballistic motion celestial mechanics multi-body dynamics perturbation small bodies space mission space probes spacecraft stability analysis

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Resear, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering SciencesUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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