AE1002 Space Mechanics Syllabus

AE1002 SPACE MECHANICS 3 0 0 100

OBJECTIVE
To study the basic concepts of orbital Mechanics with particular emphasis on interplanetary trajectories

1. BASIC CONCEPTS 4
The Solar System – References Frames and Coordinate Systems – The Celestial Sphere – The Ecliptic – Motion of Vernal Equinox – Sidereal Time – Solar Time – Standard Time –
The Earth’s Atmosphere.

2. THE GENERAL N-BODY PROBLEM 10
The many body Problem – Lagrange – Jacobian Identity –The Circular Restricted Three Body Problem – Libration Points- Relative Motion in the N-body Problem –Two –Body Problem – Satellite Orbits – Relations Between Position and Time – Orbital Elements.


3. SATELLITE INJECTION AND SATELLITE ORBIT PERTURBATIONS 12
General Aspects of satellite Injections – Satellite Orbit Transfer –Various Cases – Orbit Deviations Due to Injection Errors – Special and General Perturbations – Cowell’s Method – Encke’s Method – Method of vibrations of Orbital Elements – General Perturbations Approach.

4. INTERPLANETARY TRAJECTORIES 6
Two Dimensional Interplanetary Trajectories –Fast Interplanetary Trajectories – Three Dimensional Interplanetary Trajectories – Launch if Interplanetary Spacecraft –Trajectory about the Target Planet.

5. BALLISTIC MISSILE TRAJECTORIES AND MATERIALS 13
The Boost Phase – The Ballistic Phase –Trajectory Geometry- Optimal Flights – Time of Flight – Re – entry Phase – The Position of the Impact Point – Influence Coefficients. Space Environment – Peculiarities – Effect of Space Environment on the Selection of Spacecraft Material.

TOTAL : 45

TEXT BOOK
Cornelisse, J.W., “Rocket Propulsion and Space Dynamic”, W.H. Freeman & Co., 1984.

REFERENCES
1. Sutton, G.P., “Rocket Propulsion Elements”, John Wiley, 1993.
2. Van de Kamp, P., “Elements of Astromechanics”, Pitman, 1979.
3. Parker E.R., “Materials for Missiles and Spacecraft”, McGraw-Hill Book Co. Inc., 1982.
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