Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students

Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students, 3rd Edition

Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students, 3rd Edition,Howard Curtis,ISBN9780080977478






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All the necessary tools to learn orbital mechanics in one volume-theory, practical examples, and computational tools

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  • New chapter on orbital perturbations
  • New and revised examples and homework problems
  • Increased coverage of attitude dynamics, including new MATLAB algorithms and examples


Written by Howard Curtis, Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle University, Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students is a crucial text for students of aerospace engineering. Now in its 3e, the book has been brought up-to-date with new topics, key terms, homework exercises, and fully worked examples. 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.


Undergraduate students in aerospace, astronautical, mechanical engineering, and engineering physics; related professional aerospace and space engineering fields.

Howard Curtis

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Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida, USA

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Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students, 3rd Edition

Chapter 1: Dynamics of Point Masses
Chapter 2: The Two-Body Problem
Chapter 3: Orbital Position as a Function of Time
Chapter 4: Orbits in Three Dimensions
Chapter 5: Preliminary Orbit Determination
Chapter 6: Orbital Maneuvers
Chapter 7: Relative Motion and Rendezvous
Chapter 8: Interplanetary Trajectories
Chapter 9: Rigid Body Dynamics
Chapter 10: Satellite Attitude Dynamics
Chapter 11: Rocket Vehicle Dynamics
Chapter 12: Introduction to Orbital Perturbations

Appendix A: Physical Data
Appendix B: A Road Map
Appendix C: Numerical Integration of the N-Body Equations of Motion
Appendix D: MATLAB Algorithms
Appendix E: Gravitational Potential Energy of a Sphere
Appendix F: Computing the Difference Between Nearly Equal Numbers

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