Fundamentals of Astrodynamics and Applications is rapidly becoming the standard astrodynamics reference for those involved in the business of spaceflight. What sets this book apart is that nearly all of the theoretical mathematics is followed by discussions of practical applications implemented in tested software routines. For example, the book includes a compendium of algorithms that allow students and professionals to determine orbits with high precision using a PC. Without a doubt, when an astrodynamics problem arises in the future, it will become standard practice for engineers to keep this volume close at hand and `look it up in Vallado'.
While the first edition was an exceptionally useful and popular book throughout the community, there are a number of reasons why the second edition will be even more so. There are many reworked examples and derivations. Newly introduced topics include ground illumination calculations, Moon rise and set, and a listing of relevant Internet sites. There is an improved and expanded discussion of coordinate systems, orbit determination, and differential correction. Perhaps most important is that all of the software routines described in the book are now available for free in FORTRAN, PASCAL, and C. This makes the second edition an even more valuable text and superb reference.
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David Vallado is currently a Senior Research Astrodynamicist with Analytical Graphics, Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He holds a BS degree in Astrodynamics Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academyand an MS from Air Force Institute of Technology. He alos holds an MS in Systems Management from USC.He is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. His Air Force experience includes: Stage 1 Project Manager for MX missile,SAC Headquarters Analysis Division, U.S. Air Force instructor, Air Force Research Laboratory Scientist, and Headquarters U.S. Space Command Analysis Office. He has also worked as a principal engineer with Raytheon in Denver, Colorado.Review:
The problems posed at the end of each chapter span a useful range of difficulty, appropriate for use in a senior or graduate level course. Given the book's organization and content, I would recommend it for use as a textbook or a reference. --Robert G. Melton, Pennsylvania State University
Vallado is an excellent book on the "real world" use of astrodynamics in space missions. A must have reference for anyone involved in the development, deployment, and operations of space vehicles. --David B. Spencer, Associate Editor, AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets
This book contains a large collection of information pertaining to operational systems and qualitative insights gleaned from recent applications. The integration of these into a treatment of traditional development of Keplerian motion, perturbed motion, and orbital determination represents a significant accomplishment --John L. Junkins, Texas A&M
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Descripción Springer, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110792369033