This book is going to serve as an introduction to the field of astrodynamics, especially from a practical, engineering perspective. We will focus our attention on man-made satellites, and the dynamics of orbiting such satellites around the earth, the moon, and other "local" objects. We will look at practical applications, such as earth-orbits, lunar and inter-planetary trajectories, ballistic missiles, and interstellar escape trajectories.

Table of Contents


Section 1: Introduction

Section 2: Basic Orbits

Section 3: Satellite Position and Velocity

Section 4: Perturbations

Section 4: Orbital Manuvers

Section 5: Specific Trajectories

Further Reading

See also