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Fundamentals of Astrodynamics and Applications - 4th Ed. [Vallado, 2013] (Combo set=softcover plus eBook)
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Fundamentals of Astrodynamics and Applications (Fourth Edition)

by David A. Vallado (March 2013)

 ISBN: 978-11881883180-3 Pages: 1136 Publisher: Microcosm Press Year: March 2013

The third edition of “Vallado”, as it has fondly become known, has become the standard astrodynamics reference for those in the spaceflight business. The fourth edition features several exciting changes to this exceptional book.  Extended to 1136 pages, including a new chapter on interplanetary missions, there are ground illumination calculations, Moon rise and set data, and a listing of relevant Internet sites. Moreover, there are improved and expanded discussions of coordinate systems, orbit determination and differential correction.  As with the third edition all software routines described in the book are available in Fortran, Pascal, C++, and MATLAB on Celestrak website This edition will be available in softcover (List $110), hardbound (List $150) and ebook (List $70) formats.  It is not only the perfect textbook, but a superb reference book that will be used over and over again in practical astrodynamics.




The increased power of microcomputers has changed the study of perturbations perhaps more than any other subfield of astrodynamics, but students and practitioners still need a compendium of well-documented algorithms to use that power. Vallado's book is just such a compendium, integrating two-body dynamics with extensive perturbation methods and real-world applications while consolidating recent literature about coordinates and fundamental concepts. It attempts to use new programming capabilities to exploit the keys for the future-- standardizing, documenting, modularity, efficiency, and maintainability.

Ample algorithms numbered and handily summarized at the beginning of the book. Extensive and reworked examples and derivations have been included to save time often spent recreating something that has already been proven. The author cites many references and alternative methods to expand understanding of the topics discussed.  We would like to thank Dave Vallado for this most accomplished and comprehensive piece of work.  If astrodynamics is your thing…you will be thanking him too.



Table of Contents

  1. Equations of Motion
  2. Kepler's Equation and Kepler's Problem
  3. Coordinate and Time Systems
  4. Observations
  5. Celestial Phenomena
  6. Orbital Manuvering
  7. Initial Orbit Determination
  8. Special Perturbation Tecniques
  9. General Perturbation Techniques
  10. Orbit Determination and Estimation
  11. Mission Analysis
  12. Interplanetary Mission Analysis
  • Appendix A: Dictionary of Symbols and Acronyms
  • Appendix B: Modeling the Atmosphere
  • Appendix C: Mathematical Fundamentals
  • Appendix D: Constants and Expansions


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Chapter 1 of "The Logic of Microspace"