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This definitive reference for space engineers provides an overview of the major issues governing approach and mating strategies, and system concepts for rendezvous & docking/berthing (RVD/B). These concerns are addressed and explained in a way that aerospace engineers, students and even newcomers to the field can acquire a basic understanding of RVD/B.Read more
- Exclusively on docking of spacecraft
- Covers mechanical systems, control systems and mission design
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"This book is described as being the definitive reference for space engineers on all issues related to rendevous and docking of spacecraft, and I would tend to agree. It draws together a wealth of information on the subject, from basic principles through to detailed examples." Aeronautical Journal, Dr. Peter Roberts, Cranfield University
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- Date Published: November 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521089869
- length: 516 pages
- dimensions: 244 x 170 x 26 mm
- weight: 0.81kg
- contains: 245 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. The phases of a rendezvous mission
3. Orbit dynamics and trajectory elements
4. Approach safety and collision avoidance
5. The drivers for the approach strategy
6. The onboard rendezvous control strategy
7. Sensors for rendezvous navigation
8. Mating systems
9. Space- and ground-system setup
10. Verification and validation
Appendix A. Motion dynamics
Appendix B. Rendezvous strategies of existing vehicles
Appendix C. Rendezvous vehicles of the ISS scenario
Appendix D. Nomenclature.
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