Author | Howard D. Curtis |
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Series | Elsevier Aerospace Engineering Series |

Subject | Orbital mechanics |

Published | 2010 (Butterworth-Heinemann) |

Pages | 792 (4th ed.) |

ISBN | 978-0-08-102133-0 (4th ed.) |

* Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students* is an aerospace engineering textbook by Howard D. Curtis, in its fourth edition as of 2019

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^{[1]}The book provides an introduction to orbital mechanics, while assuming an undergraduate-level background in physics, rigid body dynamics, differential equations, and linear algebra.

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Topics covered by the text include a review of kinematics and Newtonian dynamics, the two-body problem, Kepler's laws of planetary motion, orbit determination, orbital maneuvers, relative motion and rendezvous, and interplanetary trajectories.^{[3]} The text focuses primarily on orbital mechanics, but also includes material on rigid body dynamics, rocket vehicle dynamics, and attitude control.^{[2]}^{[3]} Control theory and spacecraft control systems are less thoroughly covered.^{[3]}

The textbook includes exercises at the end of each chapter, and supplemental material is available online, including MATLAB code for orbital mechanics projects.^{[2]}

## References

**^**Curtis, Howard D. (2019).*Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students*(4th ed.). Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN 978-0-08-102133-0.- ^
^{a}^{b}^{c}Hall, Christopher; Sandfry, Ralph A. (March 2008). "Review of Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students".*Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics*.**31**(2): 445–446. Bibcode:2008JGCD...31..445H. doi:10.2514/1.34514. - ^
^{a}^{b}^{c}^{d}Jablonski, Alexander M. (June 2005). "Book Review: Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students".*Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal*.**51**(2): 87. Bibcode:2005CaASJ..51...87J. doi:10.5589/q05-005.