Satellites are increasingly used in telecommunications, scientific research, surveillance, and meteorology. These satellites rely heavily on the effectiveness of complex onboard control systems.
The aim of this book is to explain the basic theory of spacecraft dynamics and control and the practical aspects of controlling a satellite. The emphasis throughout is on analyzing and solving real-world engineering problems. For example, the author discusses orbital and rotational dynamics of spacecraft under a variety of environmental conditions, along with the realistic constraints imposed by available hardware. Among the topics covered are orbital dynamics, attitude dynamics, gravity gradient stabilization, single-and-dual-spin stabilization, attitude maneuvers, attitude stabilization, and structural dynamics and liquid sloshing.