Focusing on the orbital mechanics tools and techniques necessary to design, predict, and guide a trajectory of a spacecraft traveling between two or more bodies in a Solar System, this book covers the dynamical theory necessary for describing the motion of bodies in space, examines the N-body problem, and shows applications using this theory for designing interplanetary missions. While most orbital mechanics books focus primarily on Earth-orbiting spacecraft, with a brief discussion of interplanetary missions, this book reverses the focus and emphasizes the interplanetary aspects of space missions. Written for instructors, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, this book provides advanced details of interplanetary trajectory design, navigation, and targeting.
2. Kinematics, Dynamics, and Astrodynamics.
3. N-Body Problem.
4. Coordinate Frames, Time, and Planetary Ephemerides.
5. Trajectory Design.
6. Navigation and Targeting.
"This book is especially timely given the renewed interested in lunar mission and our focus on getting humans to Mars. We know that students are really interested in "new space" and space exploration. This book fills a need to prepare students for missions beyond earth orbit." - Ron Madler, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
"Spencer and Conte have produced an excellent resource for the interplanetary trajectory designer. The topics covered in this text are appropriate for both the senior undergraduate orbital mechanics student and the advanced space mechanics graduate student. This is a must have reference for any Astrodynamicist." - Julio César Benavides, The University of Texas at Arlington