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Flight Performance Handbook for Orbital Operations: Orbital Mechanics and Astrodynamics Formulae, Theorems, Techniques, and Applications
Author and Affiliation:
Ambrosio, Alphonso
Blitzer, Leon
Conte, S.D.
Cooper, Donald H.
Dergarabedian, P.
Dethlefsen, D.G.
Lunn, Richard L.
Ireland, Richard O.
Jensen, Arnold A.
Kang, Garfield Show more authors
Abstract: This handbook provides parametric data useful both to the space vehicle designer and mission analyst. It provides numerical and analytical relationships between missions and gross vehicle characteristics as a function of performance parameters. The effects of missile constraints and gross guidance limitations plus operational constraints such as launch site location, tracking net location, orbit visibility and mission on trajectory and orbit design parameters are exhibited. The influence of state-of- the-art applications of solar power as compared to future applications of nuclear power on orbit design parameters, such as eclipse time, are among the parameters included in the study. The principal aim, however, is in providing the analyst with useful parametric design information to cover the general area of earth satellite missions in the region of near-earth to cislunar space and beyond and from injection to atmospheric entry and controlled descent. The chapters are organized around the central idea of orbital operations in the 1961-1969 era with emphasis on parametric flight mechanics studies for ascent phase and parking orbits, transfer maneuvers, rendezvous maneuver, operational orbit considerations, and operational orbit control. The results are based almost entirely on the principles of flight and celestial mechanics. Numerous practical examples have been worked out in detail. This is especially important where it has been difficult or impossible to represent all possible variations of the parameters. The handbook contains analytical formulae and sufficient textual material to permit their proper use. The analytic methods consist of both exact and rapid, approximate methods. Scores of tables, working graphs and illustrations amplify the mathematical models which, together with important facts and data, cover the engineering and scientific applications of orbital mechanics. Each of the five major chapters are arranged to provide a rapid review of an entire astrodynamic subject. By the use of compact graphical and tabular presentation the full scope of the material is made available in an easy-to-use style. Throughout the volume the analyst is shown, by means of suitable introductions, notes, authoritative examples, and cross-references the vital interrelation of the various orbital mechanics topics in the general field of earth satellites and satellite rendezvous. The handbook is designed to give the analyst rapid, reliable access to the mathematics of orbital mechanics needed for virtually any working requirements.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 1961
Document ID:
(Acquired May 04, 2009)
Subject Category: ASTRODYNAMICS
Document Type: Book/Monograph
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NAS8-863
Financial Sponsor: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, MD, United States
Organization Source: Space Technology Labs., Inc.; Redondo Beach, CA, United States
Description: 1458p; In English; Original contains color illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
Availability Source: Other Sources
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