Reentry vehicle dynamics
Abstract
The present book has the objective to provide the practicing engineer with a seniorlevel introduction to the dynamics of reentry vehicles. A description is provided of an atmospheric model, and the earth's form and gravity field are examined, taking into account basic atmospheric relationships, the development of an analytic atmospheric model, a simple atmospheric model for closedform solutions, the geocentric position vector, the deviation of the vertical, the earth's radius, and a computer program for calculating the gravitational acceleration. Force equations are considered along with aspects of Keplerian motion, reentry body particle mechanics, moment equations, axis transformations, a flowfield description, moment equations in a constant density atmosphere, boost trajectories, angular motion during the Keplerian phase, angular motion during reentry, and the inverse method. Attention is also given to firstorder linear differential equations with variable coefficients, ring laser gyros and pendulous accelerometers, the calculation of the real roots of a polynomial, quaternions.
 Publication:

New York
 Pub Date:
 1984
 Bibcode:
 1984aiaa.rept.....R
 Keywords:

 Astrodynamics;
 Atmospheric Entry;
 Reentry Vehicles;
 Spacecraft Reentry;
 Angular Momentum;
 Booster Rocket Engines;
 Coordinate Transformations;
 Equations Of Motion;
 Flow Distribution;
 Geodesy;
 Gravitational Fields;
 Kepler Laws;
 Moments;
 Astrodynamics