New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 1997.
Satellites are used increasingly in telecommunications, scientific research, surveillance, and meteorology, and these satellites rely heavily on the effectiveness of complex onboard control systems. This 1997 book explains the basic theory of spacecraft dynamics and control and the practical aspects of controlling a satellite. The emphasis throughout is on analyzing and solving real-world engineering problems. For example, the author discusses orbital and rotational dynamics of spacecraft under a variety of environmental conditions, along with the realistic constraints imposed by available hardware. Among the topics covered are orbital dynamics, attitude dynamics, gravity gradient stabilization, single and dual spin stabilization, attitude maneuvers, attitude stabilization, and structural dynamics and liquid sloshing.
1. Introduction; 2. Orbital dynamics; 3. Orbital maneuvers; 4. Attitude dynamics and kinematics; 5. Gravity gradient stabilization; 6. Single and dual spin stabilization; 7. Attitude maneuvers in space; 8. Momentum-biased attitude stabilization; 9. Reaction jet attitude; 10. Structural dynamics and liquid sloshing; Appendix A. Attitude transformation in space; Appendix B. Attitude determination hardware; Appendix C. Orbit and attitude control hardware.