The books presented here can be considered “core texts” for spacecraft engineering. Specialist subsystem texts can be navigated via the menu above.
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Space Mission Analysis & Design:
One of the key text books to have as an aspiring Space Engineer, this book covers all of the sub systems that require consideration when designing satellites. This textbook is often abbreviated to “SMAD”. At the end of each subsystem chapter there are plenty of further reading references for the budding engineer to explore and assist them with their research.
Spacecraft Systems Engineering:
Another “key text book” in the Space Engineering world, this book also covers the sub systems required in a space applications. In particular, the chapter on spacecraft structure acoustic and launch loads are described clearly.
Spacecraft Dynamics & Control:
This book specialises in attitude & orbital control (AOCS) systems. The first few chapters go over orbital dynamics and manoeuvres, before going into attitude control calculations, liquid sloshing of fuel tanks (and how these affect motion) and some of the hardware available for system study.
Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students:
Orbital Mechanics is an excellent text book, full of examples that are worked through stage by stage to assist the reader in understanding the problem. Not only this, but there is access to an enormous amount of MATLAB programs and scripts that can be used to model problems just by changing parameters. These can then be adapted for use in your own projects. The chapters on rocketry and attitude control are also well written and explained.