Spacecraft Mission Analysis

After the historical perspective of Chapter 1, and the earlier sections of this chapter, we now move on to begin to tell the story of modern spacecraft design. In the remainder of this chapter and the subsequent two chapters, we continue the theme of orbits, but in the context of spacecraft in orbit around Earth, or around another planet, or indeed around the Sun. Spacecraft mission analysis is a rather fancy term that spacecraft engineers use to describe the design of the orbital aspects of a spacecraft mission. On any spacecraft project there will be a team of people tasked with this job, which involves things like selecting the rocket that will launch the spacecraft, selecting the best orbit for the spacecraft to achieve the objectives of its mission, and determining how the spacecraft will be transferred from launch pad to final orbital destination.

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