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10 chapters, 505 pages, 280 illustrations, 738 equations and 67 examples 


The purpose of this book is to develop an understanding of the main engineering problems involved in spaceflight. Mathematics has not been avoided, and a graduate level is necessary to follow the derivations. The book gives insight into the engineering of rocket engines, launch vehicles, flight mechanics, system optimization and mission design: it can be recommended to students in advanced lessons as well as to all spacecraft system engineers.

Keywords: Space Environment, Rocket Propulsion, Launch Services, Spacecraft Trajectories, Orbit Optimization, Attitude Stabilization, Launcher Dynamics, Planetary Missions, Reentry Maneuvers.