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Celestial Mechanics and Astrodynamics: Theory and Practice

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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 436)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. Pini Gurfil, P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    Pages 1-24
  3. Pini Gurfil, P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    Pages 25-44
  4. Pini Gurfil, P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    Pages 45-78
  5. Pini Gurfil, P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    Pages 79-94
  6. Pini Gurfil, P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    Pages 95-119
  7. Pini Gurfil, P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    Pages 121-142
  8. Pini Gurfil, P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    Pages 143-161
  9. Pini Gurfil, P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    Pages 163-195
  10. Pini Gurfil, P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    Pages 197-228
  11. Pini Gurfil, P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    Pages 229-253
  12. Pini Gurfil, P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    Pages 255-298
  13. Pini Gurfil, P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    Pages 299-326
  14. Pini Gurfil, P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    Pages 327-367
  15. Pini Gurfil, P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    Pages 369-410
  16. Pini Gurfil, P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    Pages 411-439
  17. Pini Gurfil, P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    Pages 441-487
  18. Pini Gurfil, P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    Pages 489-500
  19. Pini Gurfil, P. Kenneth Seidelmann
    Pages 501-512
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 513-522

About this book

Introduction

This volume is designed as an introductory text and reference book for graduate students, researchers and practitioners in the fields of astronomy, astrodynamics, satellite systems, space sciences and astrophysics. The purpose of the book is to emphasize the similarities between celestial mechanics and astrodynamics, and to present recent advances in these two fields so that the reader can understand the inter-relations and mutual influences. The juxtaposition of celestial mechanics and astrodynamics is a unique approach that is expected to be a refreshing attempt to discuss both the mechanics of space flight and the dynamics of celestial objects.  

“Celestial Mechanics and Astrodynamics: Theory and Practice” also presents the main challenges and future prospects for the two fields in an elaborate, comprehensive and rigorous manner. The book presents homogenous and fluent discussions of the key problems, rendering a portrayal of recent advances in the field together with some basic concepts and essential infrastructure in orbital mechanics. The text contains introductory material followed by a gradual development of ideas interweaved to yield a coherent presentation of advanced topics.

Keywords

Atmospheric Drag Canonical Transformations Celestial Mechanics and Astrodynamics Computation of Orbits Extrasolar Planets Flybys General Central-Force Motion Least Squares Methods and Kalman Filtering Numerical Procedures in Astrodynamics Numerical Procedures in Celestial Mechanics Orbit Transfers People and Progress in Celestial Mechanics Space Debris Stability and Chaos in Celestial Mechanics Three-Body Problem Two-Body Problem

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Aerospace EngineeringTechnion-Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Department of AstronomyThe University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

About the authors

Dr. Pini Gurfil is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Prof. Gurfil has been conducting research in astrodynamics, distributed space systems, trajectory optimization, vision-aided navigation and tracking, and multi-agent systems.
Dr. Seidelmann is Research Professor at the University of Virginia, President of the Celestial Mechanics Institute and past chairman of the IAU/IAG Working Group on Cartographic Coordinates and Rotational Elements. His recent work has focused on space astrometry missions, reference systems, space surveillance.

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Reviews

“I found it to be very readable and an interesting introduction to the field of astrodynamics. I think it succeeds in its intention to emphasize the similarities between celestial mechanics and astrodynamics as well as the problems involved in dealing with real data. It is well-illustrated and is supported by good reference material. … the authors are to be congratulated on generating an excellent text-book which should find its place on any astronomer’s bookshelf.” (Steve Bell, The Observatory, Vol. 137, August, 2017)

“This book combines the two disciplines in the aerospace community. … The strength of the book lies in its comprehensive illustrations of mathematics, figures and modern developments. … this book can serve as a good guide to exploring the numerical work in astrodynamics.” (Chih-Yueh Wang, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 58 (3), July, 2017)