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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introductory text to the subject, 21 Jun. 1998
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This review is from: Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering) (Paperback)
This work was written by three instructors at the USAF Academy for use as a textbook. It provides an excellent introduction to astrodynamics. A knowledge of calculus and linear algebra is required, but the derivations are quite reasonable. The diagrams are also very good, enabling the reader to visualize complex spatial orientations.
The book's only weakness is its age. Several real-world examples are out-of-date, and the numerical analysis techniques do not reflect the current state-of-the-art.
Nevertheless, this is the best book to start learning astrodynamics, and gives a solid foundation from which to study more advanced texts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good basic undergraduate text, 21 May 1996
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This review is from: Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering) (Paperback)
Bate, Mueller and White's (BMW) Fundamentals of Astrodynamics was written
initially for cadets at the US Air Force Academy to provide them
with an overview of space dynamics, coordinate systems and orbital
mechanics. BMW is a good "guided tour" of the subject, but has
weaknesses in areas such as the two-point boundary-value problem,
and in the theory of perturbations. When used as a text or reference
handbook for basic two-body orbital problems, BMW is a quick,
inexpensive and reliable guide. More sophisticated references should
be consulted for more sophisticated problems. A must on every
satellite engineer or trajectory analyst's bookshelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Typesetting is meh, 31 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering) (Paperback)
I'm only a chapter into the book, but the authors certainly have a way with words and making the content interesting and understandable -- both highly important qualities in a book. Aesthetically, though, the book leaves a little bit to be desired. This complaint is actually what has caused me to write a (brief) review so early into my reading it.

The big problem is the typesetting of the mathematics. If ever you've seen a modern maths text, or a historic classic, you'll know that the layout of the maths is a huge issue, and that it's usually very well done: they'll use LaTeX mostly, and even if they don't, the typesetting isn't a distracting. In this book, though, for me, it is. There are very misaligned equations, messed up fractions, text that should be on a separate line below the equation actual is before the equation or immediately after it on the same line.

These grievances may be for only a small subset of people that care about the design of a book, but I think they're worth noting.

That said, it's not going to stop me from reading the book, but it will be in the back of my mind that this could've been done much better with only little effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Considered a GNC handbook by Air Force space types, 22 July 1999
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This review is from: Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering) (Paperback)
Ran into this one in grad school; has an excellent treatment of vector calculus in the appendix. Get this one if you are into orbital mechanics, guidance and nav. It's a short paperback type of book, easy to cart around in a briefcase. All steely-eyed missile men have this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The are not too many books that cover this subject ..., 2 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering) (Paperback)
The are not too many books that cover this subject matter - and none at this low price. This book was first published many years ago and appears to be a reprint. One downside of this is the layout and font of the formulas is a little confusing - aside from that first rate book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering) (Paperback)
Great content, a bit dated my spaceman says, but he likes it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, 23 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering) (Paperback)
Great book for people without prior astrodynamics knowledge like me. Book arrive on time, well packaged and in excellent condition. Definitely value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was cool, 28 Jun. 1999
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This review is from: Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering) (Paperback)
It is a good basic cookbook of rocket science
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