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Theory of Satellite Geodesy: Applications of Satellites to Geodesy (Dover Earth Science) [Kindle Edition]

William M. Kaula
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In demonstrating how Newtonian gravitational theory and Euclidean geometry can be used and developed in Earth's environment, the text discusses earth's gravitational field; matrices and orbital geometry; satellite orbit dynamics; geometry of satellite observations; statistical implications; and data analysis. Prerequisites: introductory course in college physics and a first-year course in calculus.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4839 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (8 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I9J6IA0
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 2 Sept. 2012
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if you search for a good book with reasonable price about satellite geodesy then this book is ideal for you
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic in the Field 11 April 2001
By Craig McLaughlin - Published on
A reprint of this book is long overdue because I know several people who have a crumpled photocopy of the original addition and many others who have searched for a used copy without success. This book is a must read for anyone with more than a passing interest in astrodynamics and especially gravity field modeling.
The book begins with a concise description of the earth's gravity field in terms of potential theory. After a quick refresher on matrices and orbital elements, Kaula proceeds to describe the motion of an artificial satellite. In particular, he provides a detailed analysis of gravity field perturbations upon the evolution of the orbital elements including secular effects and resonance effects. The final chapters are concerned with modeling observations used to track satellites, using the observations to estimate the true motion of the satellite, and estimating geodetic information from the motion of the satellite.
Although first published in 1966, this book remains one of the best volumes available on satellite theory and geodesy. It is still used as a reference and textbook by many if not most experts in the field. However, the work is certainly not perfect. Kaula gives a concise and complete coverage of the subject, but it comes at the cost of loads of equations with little explanatory text. This can make it somewhat difficult to follow. It is certainly not written as a popular guide for the general public. Nevertheless, many astrodynamicists are delighted to have this volume available from the good folks at Dover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dover reprint of Theory of Satellite Geodesy by W.M. Kaula 5 Oct. 2005
By Bruce C. Douglas - Published on
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I studied with Bill Kaula from 1964-66 at UCLA and used this text extensively at that time and later while doing research and teaching in satellite geodesy. This thin book presents the derivations and details of analytic methods for calculating satellite orbits, and determining Earth's gravitational field from observations of satellites. Numerical methods are now much more accurate, but "number crunching" does not provide nearly the insights that analytic analyses can. If you want insight into satellite orbit mechanics, this is the book to read. The first edition contained many typos and other errors which have been corrected in the Dover edition. The book provides an outstanding entry into the field of satellite geodesy. Math and physics at the upper division college level are required.

Bruce C. Douglas
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Monograph 30 Oct. 2012
By Tom M. - Published on
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This is a nice treatse on Satellite Geodesy and a great reference for Orbital Mechanics. Well-organized with excellent derivations. It would be nice if there were occasionally a few more steps or some more explanatory text, but as a compact, thorough monograph it fills the bill.

There are a couple of typos and cautions for readers (and programmers) in Table 1 of the inclination functions. Denominators in the Table are a little ambiguous -- they generally refer to division of the whole term, and NOT the argument of the trig functions. There are 2 typos in the table:

l=4, m=2, p=0 READS "...sin(i)..." and the sin function SHOULD be squared.
l=4, m=2, p=2 READS "...+..." in the function and SHOULD be a minus sign instead.

The expression for the inclination function immediately before the Table 1 is correct and while a little difficult to implement, it will reproduce the Table when programmed correctly.

The section on Orbital Resonances is valuable, and seldom seen in other texts. In my job, I had to generalize Kaula's example for Geosynch spacecraft to the GPS satellites. It would have been nice to have more "hints" on how to do this, but there was enough information here -- I just had to "dig it out".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read book with solid basic knowledge 1 Feb. 2013
By Stewart Jackson - Published on
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This book answers the basic questions regarding satellites geodesy and is a good refresh for the subject. Also, the book is a quick read.
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