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Spacecraft Systems Design and Operations Paperback – July 31, 2004

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ISBN-13: 978-0757510007 ISBN-10: 0757510000 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 638 pages
  • Publisher: Kendall Hunt Publishing; 1 edition (July 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757510000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757510007
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,443,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 23, 2011
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"Spacecraft Systems Design and Operations" is an excellent Shuttle-centric book on spacecraft design and operation. The author, Dr. James F. Peters, is very good at making extremely complex subjects comprehensible, and his thoughts are clear and are lucidly expressed. Peters begins with a historical background, then promptly moves into chapter two, "Orbits and Environments," which is an excellent introduction to the subject. Moving from basics such as Newton's and Kepler's laws, Peters thoroughly explains the concept of the state vector and its six components (semi-major axis, eccentricity, true anomaly, inclination, right ascension of the ascending node, and argument of perigee) and expands the concept into a discussion of orbital determination. Useful orbits are discussed, with High Earth Orbits (HEO,) elliptical orbits, polar orbits, and particularly geosynchronous orbits receiving detailed attention. Plane changes, transfers, posigrade and retrograde maneuvers are also discussed, all of which culminates in an explanation of interplanetary navigation. For those wanting a more mathematically rigorous explanation of this material, I recommend "Introduction to Space Flight" by Francis J. Hale.

The space environment is well-covered (Van Allen Belts, cosmic rays, South Atlantic Anomaly, etc.) and segues into a discussion of vehicle operations. The operations section is fairly comprehensive, and discusses both normal operations and contingency operations. Shuttle launch abort modes are discussed in some detail. While much of the book revolves around the Shuttle, the International Space Station and unmanned vehicles are also discussed.

My favorite part of the book deals with spacecraft systems architecture and functionality.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blkpylut on March 19, 2007
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Ironically my instructor in my current MAS program wrote this book. It is very easy to read. The chapters are just long enough to get through and the information is pleasant to read.

This book was written at the graduate level, but most undergrads can handle as well. Well written.

Sam
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin C. Sides on May 31, 2010
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I got this book for a graduate class. It is a very informational and easy to read. It is a very long book, but I read over a hundred pages in a little over an hour. I'm not very good a reading and I was able to read this book and comprehend with no problems. I would say it is a great buy for anyone. In fact, I wouldn't have minded reading this book without taking the graduate class.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julio on January 28, 2010
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This is the best book on the Shuttle.
The details of the Structure, engines, and
system are understandable by all and
are very well written
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kyle D Strunk on August 20, 2013
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This book is a great text book. I found that I wanted to read it before class started because it was interesting, who can say that about a textbook?
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