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    Course Outline

    Introduction To Space Flight

    Course Outline:

    1. Introdution and Two-Body Orbital Mechanics
      1. The two-body problem
      2. Equations and constraints of motion
      3. conic sections and their properties
      4. Two-body trajectories and their characteristics

    2. Geocentric Orbits and Trajectories
      1. Circular and elliptical orbits
      2. Orbit shaping and impulsive thrusting
      3. Hyperbolic and escape trajectories
      4. Orbital transfers and plane changes

    3. Time of Flight
      1. The parabola
      2. The ellipse
      3. The hyperbola
      4. Lambert’s theorem

    4. Interplanetary Transfers
      1. The solar system and sphere of influence
      2. Planetary capture
      3. Planetary passage and gravity assist
      4. The intercept problem and fast transfers

    5. Vehicle and Booster Performance
      1. Rocket engines
      2. The performance equations
      3. Single-stage and multistage performance
      4. Powered boost

    6. Atmospheric Entry
      1. The entry problem
      2. Ballistic entry
      3. Lifting entry
      4. The heating problem

    7. Orbital Elements and Earth Tracks
      1. The orbital elements
      2. Orbit determination
      3. Satellite ground tracks

    8. The Ballistic Missile
      1. The range equations
      2. Trajectories and sensitivities
      3. The rotating Earth