Spacecraft Engineering Literature

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 Structures and Mechanisms:

If you are looking to specialise in spacecraft structure and mechanisms, or as a mechanical engineer, this book is worth the purchase price.  The first few chapters re-introduces the reader to some fundamentals of structural designs.  The rest of the book, however, gives examples of designing space structures with algorithms and end of chapter references for further reading.

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.

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