Re: Satellite Book

From: Jim Scotti (
Date: Wed Jan 10 2001 - 13:13:12 PST

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    Hi Jonathan,
       That is a pretty good book, simple and easy to understand.  One of the
    problems with it is that it uses canonical units where the constants are 1,
    so you loose track of where the constants go to use more conventional units
    (kilometers, miles, AU, days, seconds, furlongs, fortnights, etc...), but it
    does a good job of simplifying if you just want to learn how things work.  
    It also provides a very interesting view of orbital elements and their
    calculation, treating the eccentricity, for example, as a vector whose
    magnitude is what we're used to being called the eccentricity and direction
    points towards perihelion.  It's a novel approach that I've not seen
    elsewhere.  It's also good for it's application to spaceflight for those
    interested in sending your spacecraft where you want and you can't beat the
    price!  Coming from a Celestial Mechanics background, I personally prefer
    Danby, Roy and the new book by Murray and Dermott ("Solar System Dynamics")
    since they go into problems that are more useful for my interests.
    On Wed, 10 Jan 2001, Jonathan T Wojack wrote:
    > I received the book "Fundamentals of Astrodynamics" yesterday in the mail
    > from for $10 U.S.  It seems to be a great book.  Written in
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    Jim Scotti                              
    Lunar & Planetary Laboratory 
    University of Arizona                
    Tucson, AZ 85721 USA           
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