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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible for every Flight Dynamics Engineer, 3 Aug 2012
This review is from: Handbook of Geostationary Orbits (Space Technology Library) (Paperback)
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. Finally chapter 8 analyses the orbit determination principles and the observability issue during orbit determination in a bit confusing way I would dare to say.

The ideas in this book are presented with very simple mathematics something that renders it easily readable and provide the engineer with means of orbital calculations "on the back of the envelope".

I fully recommend this book which I myself have used extensively for my job as a flight dynamics engineer.
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