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Fundamentals of Astrodynamics

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Teaching text developed by U.S. Air Force Academy and designed as a first course emphasizes the universal variable formulation. Develops the basic two-body and n-body equations of motion; orbit determination; classical orbital elements, coordinate transformations; differential correction; more. Includes specialized applications to lunar and interplanetary flight, example p ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published June 1st 1971 by Dover Publications
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kislam
Nov 16, 2009 kislam rated it it was amazing
I always wanted to be an astronaut, so I figured I'd start educating myself. Who knows, one day space might open up and become accessible to the private sector; maybe I can find a gig as a flight dynamics officer.

Anways, old but good. This book contains an excellent introduction to the physics, physical environment, and if I recall right, touches on some programming topics for the space environment.
Botch
Jun 18, 2016 Botch rated it it was amazing
What can I say? There is about 400 years worth of science in this book, a book I bought for pocket change. I do, although, recommend taking differential/integral/vector/multivariable calculus before hand. This book pretty much requires a knowledge of those fields. But, if you're familiar with most calculus, I recommend this book 1) for the price and 2) for a quick reference, especially if you're programming these types of forces in a simulation. Online references are always sufficient, of course ...more
Isscandar
Aug 28, 2013 Isscandar rated it it was amazing
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Lo sto leggendo e non l'ho ancora finito... è molto bello perché spiega gli argomenti in maniera chiara, senza dare per scontato nulla, è richiesta (per lo meno fino a dove sono arrivato) solamente una conoscenza di base di fisica e di analisi matematica.

Le figure non sono "belle" ma sono molto chiare.

Unico difetto, non del contenuto, è che l'aspetto delle formule non è molto bello, non so come dire ma sono un po' storte... una riscrittura in LaTeX sarebbe bellissima.
Kevin
Mar 08, 2008 Kevin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone studying astro engineering
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The "BMW" book is pretty much the best basic astrodynamics and orbital mechanics book ever. It works just as well if not better than many current edition textbooks as a reference, and it's way cheaper!
Tom
Sep 06, 2010 Tom rated it really liked it
A great book on astrodynamics. I read nd referred to many times in the course of studies. An subsequently re-read. An easy to follow presentation by experienced instructors.
Grady Owens
Jan 02, 2013 Grady Owens rated it it was amazing
The fundamental text on orbital mechanics. If you need your missile to go ballistic or just want to throw something at the moon hard enough to hit it, this is a must-read.
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