Orbital Mechanics and Astrodynamics

Techniques and Tools for Space Missions

  • Gerald R. Hintz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 337-386

About this book


This textbook covers fundamental and advanced topics in orbital mechanics and astrodynamics to expose the student to the basic dynamics of space flight. The engineers and graduate students who read this class-tested text will be able to apply their knowledge to mission design and navigation of space missions. Through highlighting basic, analytic and computer-based methods for designing interplanetary and orbital trajectories, this text provides excellent insight into astronautical techniques and tools. This book is ideal for graduate students in Astronautical or Aerospace Engineering and related fields of study, researchers in space industrial and governmental research and development facilities, as well as researchers in astronautics.

This book also:

·       Illustrates all key concepts with examples

·       Includes exercises for each chapter

·       Explains concepts and engineering tools a student or experienced engineer can apply to mission design and navigation of space missions

·       Covers fundamental principles to expose the student to the basic dynamics of space flight


Astronautics Celestial mechanics Circumlunar trajectories Clohessy-Wiltshire equations Interplanetary or earth-orbiting trajectories Keplerian or non-Keplerian motion Orbital mechanics Rocket equation Space mission design Spacecraft navigation

Authors and affiliations

  • Gerald R. Hintz
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  1. 1.Astronautical Engineering DepartmentUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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