Handbook of Satellite Orbits

From Kepler to GPS

  • Michel Capderou

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  16. Back Matter
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About this book


Fifty years after Sputnik, artificial satellites have become indispensable monitors in many areas, such as economics, meteorology, telecommunications, navigation and remote sensing. The specific orbits are important for the proper functioning of the satellites. This book discusses the great variety of satellite orbits, both in shape (circular to highly elliptical) and properties (geostationary, Sun-synchronous, etc.). This volume starts with an introduction into geodesy. This is followed by a presentation of the fundamental equations of mechanics to explain and demonstrate the properties for all types of orbits. Numerous examples are included, obtained through IXION software developed by the author. The book also includes an exposition of the historical background that is necessary to help the reader understand the main stages of scientific thought from Kepler to GPS.

This book is intended for researchers, teachers and students working in the field of satellite technology. Engineers, geographers and all those involved in space exploration will find this information valuable.

Michel Capderou’s book is an essential treatise in orbital mechanics for all students, lecturers and practitioners in this field, as well as other aerospace systems engineers.

—Charles Elachi, Director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Ground Tracking Satellites IXION Software Application Planetary Satellite Orbits Satellite Motion Handbook Satellite Orbit Missions Satellite Orbitography Sun-synchronous Satellites Temporal and Angular Sampling

Authors and affiliations

  • Michel Capderou
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  1. 1.Université Pierre et Marie CurieParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03415-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03416-4
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