Theory of Interplanetary Flights
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This unique monograph contains a comprehensive overview of celestial mechanics, providing the reader with a solid basis on which to build an understanding of the theory of interplanetary flights. The theoretical development is illustrated with a number of practical examples, bringing to bear the author's wealth of experience gained from working in the Soviet space programme. Many examples are taken from current space topics, including the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet, the flight of Ulysses over the Solar poles, and the Voyagers' tour of the Solar system. Recent theoretical achivements, such as the intriguing problem of chaos in the Solar system, are also covered.
Table of Contents
Preface, I. The Universal Law of Gravitation, II. The Two-body Problem, III. Derivation of Kepler's Laws from Newton's Law, IV. Motion of Celestial Bodies, V. Ephemerides of Celestial Bodies, VI. Determination of the Orbit of a Celestial Body from Observations, VII. Determination of Elements of the Orbits by Three Observations, VIII. The N-body Problem, IX. The Restricted Three-body Problem, X. The Theory of Perturbations, XI. Trajectories of Interplanetary Flights, XII. Flights to the Moon, XIII. Flights to the Planets, XIV. Canonical Equations of Celestial Mechanics, References, Index
G. A. Gurzadyan