Category Archives: Orbital Mechanics

Orbital mechanics, also called flight mechanics, is the study of the motions of artificial satellites and space vehicles moving under the influence of forces such as gravity, atmospheric drag, thrust, etc. Orbital mechanics is a modern offshoot of celestial mechanics which is the study of the motions of natural celestial bodies such as the moon and planets. The root of orbital mechanics can be traced back to the 17th century when mathematician Isaac Newton (1642-1727) put forward his laws of motion and formulated his law of universal gravitation. The engineering applications of orbital mechanics include ascent trajectories, reentry and landing, rendezvous computations, and lunar and interplanetary trajectories.

Orbit Maneuvers

      Orbit Meccanics: 1)    Conic Sections 2)    Orbital Elements 3)    Types of Orbits 4)    Newton’s Laws of Motion and Universal Gravitation 5)    Uniform Circular Motion 6)    Motions of Planets and Satellites 7)    Launch of a Space Vehicle 8)    Position in … Continue reading

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Orbit Perturbations

      Orbit Meccanics: 1)    Conic Sections 2)    Orbital Elements 3)    Types of Orbits 4)    Newton’s Laws of Motion and Universal Gravitation 5)    Uniform Circular Motion 6)    Motions of Planets and Satellites 7)    Launch of a Space Vehicle 8)    Position in … Continue reading

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Position in an Elliptical Orbit

           Orbit Meccanics: 1)    Conic Sections 2)    Orbital Elements 3)    Types of Orbits 4)    Newton’s Laws of Motion and Universal Gravitation 5)    Uniform Circular Motion 6)    Motions of Planets and Satellites 7)    Launch of a Space Vehicle 8)    Position in … Continue reading

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Launch of a Space Vehicle

           Orbit Meccanics: 1)     Conic Sections 2)    Orbital Elements 3)    Types of Orbits 4)    Newton’s Laws of Motion and Universal Gravitation 5)    Uniform Circular Motion 6)    Motions of Planets and Satellites 7)    Launch of a Space Vehicle 8)    Position in … Continue reading

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Motions of Planets and Satellites

             Orbit Meccanics: 1)    Conic Sections 2)    Orbital Elements 3)    Types of Orbits 4)    Newton’s Laws of Motion and Universal Gravitation 5)    Uniform Circular Motion 6)    Motions of Planets and Satellites 7)    Launch of a Space Vehicle 8)    Position in … Continue reading

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Uniform Circular Motion

Orbit Meccanics: 1)    Conic Sections 2)    Orbital Elements 3)    Types of Orbits 4)    Newton’s Laws of Motion and Universal Gravitation 5)    Uniform Circular Motion 6)    Motions of Planets and Satellites 7)    Launch of a Space Vehicle 8)    Position in an … Continue reading

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Newton’s Laws of Motion and Universal Gravitation

           Orbit Meccanics: 1)    Conic Sections 2)    Orbital Elements 3)    Types of Orbits 4)    Newton’s Laws of Motion and Universal Gravitation 5)    Uniform Circular Motion 6)    Motions of Planets and Satellites 7)    Launch of a Space Vehicle 8)    Position in … Continue reading

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Types Of Orbits

          Orbit Meccanics: 1)    Conic Sections 2)    Orbital Elements 3)    Types of Orbits 4)    Newton’s Laws of Motion and Universal Gravitation 5)    Uniform Circular Motion 6)    Motions of Planets and Satellites 7)    Launch of a Space Vehicle 8)    Position in … Continue reading

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Orbital Elements

           Orbit Meccanics: 1)    Conic Sections 2)    Orbital Elements 3)    Types of Orbits 4)    Newton’s Laws of Motion and Universal Gravitation 5)    Uniform Circular Motion 6)    Motions of Planets and Satellites 7)    Launch of a Space Vehicle 8)    Position in … Continue reading

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Conic Sections

           Orbit Meccanics: 1)    Conic Sections 2)    Orbital Elements 3)    Types of Orbits 4)    Newton’s Laws of Motion and Universal Gravitation 5)    Uniform Circular Motion 6)    Motions of Planets and Satellites 7)    Launch of a Space Vehicle 8)    Position in an … Continue reading

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