• To present orbital mechanics in a comprehensive manner, including orbital maneuvers, relative motion in orbit, and orbit determination for three-dimensional guidance.

  • To introduce special coordinate frames (celestial, local horizon, planetary) that can be used to derive equations of translational motion in subsequent chapters.

  • To numerically solve the three-dimensional Lambert problem, which is useful in designing trajectories for nonplanar rendezvous (either orbital or interplanetary).


Orbital Plane Elliptical Orbit Transfer Orbit Local Horizon Vernal Equinox 
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