Provides the basics of spacecraft orbital dynamics plus attitude
dynamics and control, using vectrix notation
"Spacecraft Dynamics and Control: An Introduction" presents the
fundamentals of classical control in the context of spacecraft
attitude control. This approach is particularly beneficial for the
training of students in both of the subjects of classical control
as well as its application to spacecraft attitude control. By using
a physical system (a spacecraft) that the reader can visualize
(rather than arbitrary transfer functions), it is easier to grasp
the motivation for why topics in control theory are important, as
well as the theory behind them. The entire treatment of both
orbital and attitude dynamics makes use of vectrix notation, which
is a tool that allows the user to write down any vector equation of
motion without consideration of a reference frame. This is
particularly suited to the treatment of multiple reference frames.
Vectrix notation also makes a very clear distinction between a
physical vector and its coordinate representation in a reference
frame. This is very important in spacecraft dynamics and control
problems, where often multiple coordinate representations are used
(in different reference frames) for the same physical
vector.Provides an accessible, practical aid for teaching and
self-study with a layout enabling a fundamental understanding of
the subjectFills a gap in the existing literature by providing an
analytical toolbox offering the reader a lasting, rigorous
methodology for approaching vector mechanics, a key element vital
to new graduates and practicing engineers alikeDelivers an
outstanding resource for aerospace engineering students, and all
those involved in the technical aspects of design and engineering
in the space sectorContains numerous illustrations to accompany the
written text. Problems are included to apply and extend the
material in each chapter
Essential reading for graduate level aerospace engineering
students, aerospace professionals, researchers and engineers.
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