Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students, Fourth Edition, is a key text for students of aerospace engineering. While this latest edition has been updated with new content and included sample problems, it also retains its teach-by-example approach that emphasizes analytical procedures, computer-implemented algorithms, and the most comprehensive support package available, including fully worked solutions, PPT lecture slides, and animations of selected topics. Highly illustrated and fully supported with downloadable MATLAB algorithms for project and practical work, this book provides all the tools needed to fully understand the subject.
- Provides a new chapter on the circular restricted 3-body problem, including low-energy trajectories
- Presents the latest on interplanetary mission design, including non-Hohmann transfers and lunar missions
- Includes new and revised examples and sample problems
1. Dynamics of Point Masses 2. The Two-Body Problem 3. The Three-Body Problem 4. Orbital Position as a Function of Time 5. Orbits in Three Dimensions 6. Preliminary Orbit Determination 7. Orbital Maneuvers 8. Relative Motion and Rendezvous 9. Interplanetary Trajectories 10. Rigid Body Dynamics 11. Satellite Attitude Dynamics 12. Rocket Vehicle Dynamics 13. Introduction to Orbital Perturbations
Professor Curtis is former professor and department chair of Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a licensed professional engineer and is the author of two textbooks (Orbital Mechanics 3e, Elsevier 2013, and Fundamentals of Aircraft Structural Analysis, McGraw Hill 1997). His research specialties include continuum mechanics, structures, dynamics, and orbital mechanics.