[<< wikibooks] Astrodynamics
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 ==

Introduction
History


=== Section 1: Introduction ===
Fundamental Laws
The Earth
Time
Coordinate Systems


=== Section 2: Basic Orbits ===
N-Body Problem
Motion Constants
Orbit Basics
Classical Orbit Elements
Orbit Determination


=== Section 3: Satellite Position and Velocity ===
Satellite Ground-Track
Time of Flight
The Kepler Problem
The Gauss Problem


=== Section 4: Perturbations ===
Perturbations
Cowell's Method
Encke's Method
Parameter Variations
Analytic Formulation


=== Section 4: Orbital Manuvers ===
In-Plane Orbit Changes
Out-of-Plane Orbit Changes


=== Section 5: Specific Trajectories ===
Ballistic Trajectories
Three Body Problem
Lunar Trajectories
Interplanetary Trajectories


== Further Reading ==
R. Bate, D. Mueller, J. White (1971) Fundamentals of Astrodynamics, Dover Publications, New York. ISBN 0486600610
Richard H. Battin (1999) An Introduction to the Mathematics and Methods of Astrodynamics, AIAA Education Series. ISBN 1563473429
J. Prussing, B. Conway (1993) Orbital Mechanics, Oxford University Press Inc., New York, ISBN 9780195078343
Francis J. Hale (1994) Introduction to Space Flight, Prentice-Hall, Inc., ISBN 0134819128
Modern Physics (Gravity)
Calculus
Space Transport and Engineering Methods


== See also ==
Astronomy
Classical Mechanics
Conic SectionsOrbital Mechanics