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Handbook of Geostationary Orbits (Space Technology Library) [Paperback]

E.M. Soop
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7 Dec 2010 9048144531 978-9048144532 Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1994
This Handbook 0/ Geostationary Orbits is in principle an extension of the Introduction to Geostationary Orbits that was printed as a special publica­ tion by the European Space Agency (ESA) in 1983. The immediate purpose was to provide the theoretical background and some practical advice for the orbit control of geostationary spacecraft by means of the software package "PEPSOC". PEPSOC, short for "Portable ESOC Package for Synchronous Orbit Con­ trol" , was produced by the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) to support spacecraft operations in the routine phase. The resulting publication was a handbook for engineers and spacecraft operators, rather than a clas­ sical textbook in celestial mechanics. During the past eleven years, the software system PEPSOC has found a wide application both within and outside the ESA member states. At the same time, the original Introduction found numerous readers also outside the group of PEPSOC operators. The continuing development and the in­ creasing use of the geostationary orbit has now created the need for a new, more detailed publication to include new aspects that have emerged. The present Handbook contains several additional subjects and more math­ ematics to describe the methods applied in PEPSOC. The geophysical and astronomical parameters have been updated to reflect the latest recom­ mended values. This results in small deviations of the numerical data compared to the Introduction.

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  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1994 edition (7 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9048144531
  • ISBN-13: 978-9048144532
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,704,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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` ... can be recommended as an introductory textbook on space courses at a high school or university, but many amateurs and teachers (provided with the basics in calculus and vectorial algebra) will find useful information about this modern subject of celestial mechanics.'
Orion, 271 (1995)

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Soop's book is one of the technical books that don't need a review. It's one of a kind because it is literally the only book in the market dealing with geostationary spacecraft operations. It might be somehow a bit old (its first edition dates back to 1994) but its technical value is not diminished for what matters. I myself as a fight dynamics engineer have used it extensively for my job and always carry it with me as a classic of geostationary operations. Every flight dynamics engineer that I happen to know not only has read this book but also suggests its reading as mandatory.

Handbook of Geostationary Orbits starts with a brief presentation of Keplerian (non-perturbed) orbits. The most useful part of this chapter is the linearised solutions for non-perturbed geostationary orbits. These relations help a lot not only a well balanced qualitative and quantitative understanding of the geostationary orbit features but also stands as a base for the explanation of the orbital maneuvers. The next chapter explains the impact of the orbital maneuvers on the elements of the Keplerian geostationary orbit and in the subsequent chapter the necessity for these maneuvers is presented of course in the form of orbit perturbations.

The most valuable part of the book - since one can find extensive analysis of Keplerian orbits and the orbital perturbations in numerous books - start in the fifth chapter dedicated to the practical issues of spacecraft operations. To be more specific this chapter mainly deals with collocation strategies. Chapter 6 explains the inclination control strategies and chapter 7 the longitude-eccentricity control strategies as well as the longitude shift and station reacquisition techniques.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handbook of Geostationary Orbits: a very brief review 17 Feb 2012
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This is a highly excellent book, written by an authority who has decades of hands-on experience with geostationary satellites. The book provides very useful, relevant mathematical models for analysis, design, and simulation, and a large number of practical examples from actual formation control of European geostationary satellites. The mathematics is not esoteric at all; it is highly accessible, practical, and direct. In my judgment, engineers across the world dealing with geostationary satellites will be benefited significantly by the knowledge the author has shared through the book. I greatly admire the author for this.
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