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Books on Spacecraft Control and Navigation

  1. Dec 5, 2013 #1
    I am a math grad student who has really got interested in spacecraft control and navigation.

    Like a lot of people, I have been playing too much ksp and gotten interested in the mathematics of spacecraft navigation and control. For fun, I derived some basic motion and control equations from Hamilton systems and what little I remember about freshman physics. Now I want to expand on my knowledge on the field.

    Any books or other resource suggestions on where to start with a strong mathematical background (but little space background) would be really helpful. Also, I would really prefer cheaper books like dover since this is pretty much a hobby right now.
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  3. Dec 6, 2013 #2


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    I know my graduate class on spacecraft dynamics was taught using "Analytical Mechanics of Space Systems" by Schaub and Junkins. I am not a dynamics and controls guy though so I have no idea if that book is considered "good". I know at least one of the authors is NAE though, so that's got to count for something.
  4. Dec 6, 2013 #3

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    Schaub and Junkins is one of the more widely-used texts in aerospace engineering. Another is Fundamentals of Astrodynamics and Applications by Vallado. Yet another: Fundamentals of Astrodynamics by Bate, Mueller, and White. Yet another: Control of Spacecraft and Aircraft by Bryson.

    There are *lots* more. tmay42, you are asking about a very large field of study. There is no single book that encompasses this very large field.
  5. Dec 6, 2013 #4
    Thank you for the reference.

    DH, I do realize it is a huge field and should have been more clear in my post. I am just looking for a good introduction to the field and not asking for everything to be summarized in one book.
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