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13 Astrodynamics

Includes powered and free-flight trajectories; orbital and launching dynamics.


Astrodynamics – The practical application of celestial mechanics, astroballistics, propulsion theory, and allied fields to the problem of planning and directing the trajectories of space vehicles. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA Interest

Exhaustive Interest : Theoretical analysis and actual orbit and trajectories of launch vehicles and spacecraft.


Input Subjects of Specific Interest

  • aerobraking
  • astroballistics
  • astrodynamics
  • atmospheric entry effects
  • ballistic trajectories
  • free-flight trajectories
  • gravitational effects (orbital effects on launch vehicles and spacecraft)
  • interplanetary trajectories
  • launch vehicle trajectories
  • launching dynamics
  • orbit dynamics of spacecraft
  • orbital maneuvers (trajectories)
  • orbital rendezvous
  • powered trajectories
  • projectile trajectories
  • propulsion effects on launching, trajectories, and orbits
  • reentry dynamics
  • reentry trajectories
  • space flight dynamics (theory)
  • spacecraft orbits
  • spacecraft trajectories
  • swingby maneuver
  • trajectory analysis
  • trajectory optimization
  • two-and three-body problems (trajectory analysis)