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Recommended books, monographs, textbooks, college textbooks, tutorials



Recommended books, monographs, textbooks, college textbooks, tutorials on astronautics, rocketry, spacecraft, and space technology

Books on Astronautics, Rocketry, Spacecraft, and Space Technology

Spacecraft Design and Space Systems

Selected Spacecraft and Systems

Global Positioning System GPS and GNSS

Orbital Mechanics and Satellite Orbits

Rocket Dynamics

Solar System Dynamics

Spacecraft Dynamics, Spacecraft ADC and GNC

Spacecraft and Rocket Propulsion

Space Launch Systems

Rockets and Missiles

Space Environment, Spacecraft Interactions, and Space Science

Human Spaceflight

Spacecraft Power Systems

Space Communications

Spacecraft Thermal Control

Space Structures and Mechanisms

Recommended books on history of spacecraft and rocketry


Spacecraft Design and Space Systems

B. N. Agrawal, Design of Geosynchronous Spacecraft, Prentice Hall, 1986

AIAA Aerospace Design Engineers Guide, AIAA, 1993

P. Berlin, The Geostationary Applications Satellite, 2004

B.P. Blasingame, Astronautics, McGraw Hill, 1964

B.A. Campbell and S.W. McCandless Jr., Introduction to Space Sciences and Spacecraft Applications, Gulf, 1996

C.R. Chetty, Satellite Technology and Its Applications, TAB Books, 1991

W.R. Corliss, Scientific Satellites, NASA SP-133, Washington, DC, 1967

M. Davies, ed., The Standard Handbook for Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineers, McGraw-Hill, 2003

M. Davidoff, The Satellite Experimenter's Handbook, American Radio Relay League, 1990

P. Fortescue, G. Swinerd, J. Stark, Spacecraft Systems Engineering, 2011

M.D. Griffin and J. R. French, Space Vehicle Design, AIAA, 1991

M. Gruntman, Blazing the Trail. The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry, AIAA, 2004

H.H. Koelle, Handbook of Astronautical Engineering, McGraw Hill, 1961

W.J. Larson and J.R. Wertz, SMAD Space Mission Analysis and Design, 3rd ed., 1999

E. Mallove and G. Matloff, The Starflight Handbook. A Pioneer's Guide to Interstellar Travel, Wiley, 1989

D. H. Martin, Communication Satellites 1958-1995, Aerospace Corp., 1996

R. X. Meyer, Elements of Space Technology, Academic Press, 1999

V. L. Pisacane and R. C. Moore, Fundamentals of Space Systems, Oxford, 1994, 2005

V. L. Pisacane, The Space Environment and Its Effects on Space Systems, AIAA, 2016

J.J. Sellers, Understanding Space. An Introduction to Astronautics, 2006

R.E. Taggart, Weather Satellite Handbook, American Radio Relay League, 1996

J. R. Wertz, D. F. Everett, J.J. Puschell, Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD, 2011

J. R. Wertz and W. J. Larson, eds., Reducing Space Mission Cost, 2000

G.R. Woodcock, Space Stations and Platforms, Orbit Book, 1986


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Selected Spacecraft and Systems

W.R. Corliss, The interplanetary pioneers (Pioneer 6-9), NASA SP-278-280, 1972

H.R. Freeman and G.W. Longanecker, The International Ultra Violet Explorer (IUE). Case study in spacecraft design, AIAA

I. Newlan, First to Venus. The Story of Mariner II, McGraw-Hill, 1963

Pioneer Venus. Case study in spacecraft design, AIAA, 2003

J.T. Richelson, America's Space Sentinels. DSP Satellites and National Security, Univ of Kansas, 1999

H.J. Wheelock, Mariner mission to Venus, McGraw-Hill, 1963, 2012


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Global Positioning System GPS and GNSS

N. Ackroyd and R. Lorimer, Global Navigation: A GPS User's Guide, Lloyd's of London, 1994

A. El-Rabbani, Introduction to GPS: The Global Positioning System, 2006

P.D. Groves, Principles of GNSS, Inertial, and Multisensor Integrated Navigation Systems, 2013

M. Gruntman, Global Positioning System (GPS) Constellation, video (5 min)

E.D. Kaplan, ed., Understanding GPS Principles and Applications, Artech, 1996

T. Logsdon, The Navstar Global Positioning System, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1992

T. Logsdon, Understanding the Navstar, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995

P. Misra and P. Enge, Global Positioning System: Signals, Measurements, and Performance, 2010

B.W. Parkinson and J.J. Spilker, Jr., Global Positioning System: Theory and Applications, AIAA, 1996


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Orbital Mechanics and Satellite Orbits

R.R. Bate, D. D. Mueller, and J. E. White, Fundamentals of Astrodynamics, Dover, 1971

R.H. Battin, An Introduction to the Mathematics and Methods of Astrodynamics, AIAA, 1987

P. Berlin, The Geostationary Applications Satellite, 2004

C.D. Brown, Spacecraft Mission Design, AIAA, 1992

A.B. Chatfield, Fundamentals of High Accuracy Inertial Navigation, AIAA, 1997

V. A. Chobotov, Orbital Mechanics, AIAA, 1991

H.D. Curtis, Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students, Elsevier, 2005

P. R. Escobal, Methods of Orbit Determination, Krieger, 1965

M. Gruntman, Satellite Orbits, educational videos

F.J. Hale, Introduction to Space Flight, Prentice, 1994

W.M. Kaula, Theory of Satellite Geodesy: Applications of Satellites to Geodesy, Dover, 2000

T. Logsdon, Orbital Mechanics, Wiley, 1998

O. Montenbruck and E. Gill, Satellite Orbits. Models, Methods, Applications, Springer, 2000

C.D. Murray and S.F. Dermott, Solar System Dynamics, Cambridge, 1999

J. E. Prussing and B.A. Conway, Orbital Mechanics, Oxford, 1993

F.J. Regan and S.M. Anandakrishnan, Dynamics of Atmospheric Re–Entry, AIAA, 1993

A. E. Roy, Orbital Motion, Wiley, 1978

W.T. Thomson, Introduction to Space Dynamics, 1986

D.A. Vallado, Fundamentals of Astrodynamics and Applications, McGraw-Hill, 1997, 2001

J. Van Sickle, Basic GIS Coordinates, CRC Press, 2004

J.P. Vinti, Orbital and Celestial Mechanics, AIAA, 1998

J.R. Wertz et al., Mission Geometry; Orbit and Constellation Design, 2001

W. E. Wiesel, Spaceflight Dynamics, McGraw-Hill, 1989; 1997

S.-J. Ying, Advanced Dynamics, AIAA, 1997

C.-H. Zee, Theory of Geostationary Satellites, Kluwer, 1989


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Rocket Dynamics

F.J. Regan and S.M. Anandakrishnan, Dynamics of Atmospheric Re-Entry, AIAA, 1993

W.T. Thomson, Introduction to Space Dynamics, 1986


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Solar System Dynamics

C.D. Murray and S.F. Dermott, Solar System Dynamics, Cambridge, 1999

A.E. Roy, Orbital Motion, CRC, 2004


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Spacecraft Dynamics, Spacecraft ADC and GNC

S.N. Atluri and A.K. Amos, Large Space Structures: Dynamics and Control, Springer, 1988

A.B. Chatfield, Fundamentals of High Accuracy Inertial Navigation, AIAA, 1997

V.A. Chobotov, Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control, 1991

C.S. Draper, W. Wrigley, and J. Hovorka, Inertial Guidance, Pergamon, 1960

P.C. Hughes, Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics, Wiley, 1985

S. M. Joshi, Control of Large Flexible Space Structures, Springer, 1989

A. Kelkar and S. M. Joshi, Control of Nonlinear Multibody Flexible Space Structures, Springer, 1996

J.L. Junkins and J.D. Turner, Optimal Spacecraft Rotational Maneuvers, Elsevier, 1986

T. R. Kane, P. W. Likins, and D.A. Levinson, Spacecraft Dynamics, McGraw-Hill, 1983

M. H. Kaplan, Modern Spacecraft Dynamics and Control, Wiley, 1976

J.B. Kuipers, Quaternions and Rotational Sequences: A Primer with Applications to Orbits, Aerospace and Virtual Reality, Princeton, 1999

C.T. Leondes, Guidance and Control of Aerospace Vehicles, McGraw Hill,1963

B.W. Parkinson and J.J. Spilker, Jr., Global Positioning System: Theory and Applications, AIAA, 1996

F.J. Regan and S.M. Anandakrishnan, Dynamics of Atmospheric Re-Entry, AIAA, 1993

M.J. Sidi, Spacecraft Dynamics and Control, Cambridge, 1997

W.T. Thomson, Introduction to Space Dynamics, 1986

D.A. Vallado, Fundamentals of Astrodynamics and Applications, McGraw-Hill, 1997, 2001

J. R. Wertz, ed., Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control, Kluwer, 1978

B. Wie, Space Vehicle Dynamics and Control, AIAA, 1998

W. E. Wiesel, Spaceflight Dynamics, McGraw-Hill, 1989; 1997


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Spacecraft and Rocket Propulsion

Aerojet: The Creative Company, Aerojet History Group, 1995

G. R. Brewer, Ion Propulsion. Technology and Applications, Gordon and Breach, 1970

T.B. Brill, W.-Z. Ren, V. Yang (Eds.), Solid Propellant Chemistry Combustion and Motor Interior Ballistics, AIAA, 2000

C.D. Brown, Spacecraft Propulsion, AIAA, 1996

M. Chiaverini and K. Kuo, Fundamentals of Hybrid Rocket Combustion and Propulsion, AIAA, 2007

W.H. Colburn, A Manual for Hybrid Propulsion System Design, 2004

M. Dranovsky, V. Yang, F. E. C. Culick, D. G. Talley, Combustion Instabilities in Liquid Rocket Engines: Testing and Development Practices in Russia, AIAA, 2007

M. Gruntman, Blazing the Trail. The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry, AIAA, 2004

P.G. Hill and C.R. Peterson, Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Propulsion, Addison- Wesley, 1992

P.G. Hill and C.R. Peterson, Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Propulsion, Addison- Wesley, 1992

R.W. Humble, G.N.Henry, and W.J. Larson, Space Propulsion Analysis and Design, McGraw-Hill, 1995

D.K. Huzel, D.H. Huang, Modern Engineering for Design of Liquid-Propellant Rocket Engines, AIAA, 1992

R. G. Jahn, Physics of Electric Propulsion, Dover, 2006

R.S. Kraemer and V. Wheelock, Rocketdyne: Powering Humans into Space, AIAA, 2006

K.K. Kuo, Recent Advances in Spray Combustion, Vol. I and II, AIAA, 1996

K.K. Kuo and M. Sommerfield, eds., Fundamentals of Solid-Propellant Combustion, AIAA, 1984

M.S. Natanzon, Combustion Instabilities, AIAA, 2008

G. P. Sutton and O. Biblarz, Rocket Propulsion Elements, Wiley, 2000

G.P. Sutton, History of Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines, AIAA, 2005

M. Tajmar, Advanced Space Propulsion Systems, Springer, 2004

Y. M. Timnat, Advanced Chemical Rocket Propulsion, Academic Press, 1987

T. Taylor, Introduction to Rocket Science and Engineering, 2009

P. J. Turchi, ed., Propulsion Techniques: Action and Reaction, AIAA, 1998

A. Young, The Saturn V F-1 Engine: Powering Apollo into History, Springer, 2008

V. Yang and W.E. Anderson, editors, Liquid Rocket Engine Combustion Instability, AIAA, 1995

V. Yang, M. Habiballah, M. Popp, J. Hulka, Liquid Rocket Thrust Chambers, AIAA, 2005


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Space Launch Systems

R. Bilstein, Stages to Saturn: A Technological History of the Apollo/Saturn Launch Vehicles, Univ Press Fla., 2003

R.E. Bilstein, Stages to Saturn: A Technological History of the Apollo/Saturn Launch Vehicles, 2003

R. Chiulli, ed., International Launch Site Guide, The Aerospace Corporation, 1994

W.E. Hammond, Space Transportation: A System Approach to Analysis and Design, AIAA, 1999

S. Isakowitz, J. Hopkins, J. Hopkins Jr., International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems, AIAA, 2004

M. Johnson, N. Stevens, A. Shliadinsky, I. Bezyaev, V. Antipov, J. Hagerty, N-1: For the Moon and Mars A Guide to the Soviet Superbooster, ARA, 2014


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Rockets and Missiles

W. J. Boord, J. B. Hoffman, Air and Missile Defense Systems Engineering, CRC, 2016

E.L. Fleeman, Tactical Missile Design, AIAA, 2001

E.L. Fleeman, Missile Design and System Engineering, AIAA, 2013

M. Gruntman, Blazing the Trail. The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry, AIAA, 2004

M. Gruntman, Intercept 1961, The Birth of Soviet Missile Defense, AIAA, 2015

W.E. Hammond, Space Transportation: A System Approach to Analysis and Design, AIAA, 1999

R.M. Lloyd, Physics of Direct Hit and Near Miss Warhead Technology, AIAA, 2001

B. Naveh and A. Lorber, Theater Ballistic Missile Defense, AIAA, 2001

F.J. Regan and S.M. Anandakrishnan, Dynamics of Atmospheric Re-Entry, AIAA, 1993


Recommended books on history of spacecraft and rocketry


Space Environment, Spacecraft Interactions, and Space Science

S.-I. Akasofu, Physics of Magnetospheric Substorms, Reidel, 1977

C.W. Allen, Astrophysical Quantities, 1985 (Humanities), 2015 (Springer)

W. Baumjohann, Basic Space Plasma Physics, World Scientific, 1996

B.A. Campbell and S.W. McCandless, Jr., Introduction to Space Sciences and Spacecraft Applications, Gulf, 1996

J. W. Chamberlain and D. M. Hunten, Theory of Planetary Atmospheres, Academic, 1987

J. W. Chamberlain, Physics of the Aurora and Airglow, AGU, 1995

C.S. Gillmor and J.R. Spreiter, eds., Discovery of the Magnetosphere, AGU, 1997

S. Glasstone and P.J. Dolan, The Effects of Nuclear Weapons, DOD and DOE, 1977

T. Gombosi, Physics of the Space Environment, Cambridge, 1998

J. W. Haffner, Radiation and Shielding in Space, Academic, 1967

D. Hastings and H. Garrett, Spacecraft-Environment Interactions, Cambridge, 1996

A. J. Hundhausen, Coronal Expansion and Solar Wind, Springer, 1972, 2011

A.V. Jones (ed.), Environmental Effects on Spacecraft Positioning and Trajectories, AGU, 1993

N. L. Johnson and D.S. McKnight, Artificial Space Debris, Krieger, 1991

A. S. Jursa, ed., Handbook of Geophysics and the Space Environment,AFGL, 1985

M.-B. Kallenrode, Space Physics, Springer, 2004

M. Kivelson and C. T. Russell, eds., Introduction to Space Physics, Cambridge, 1995

J. F. Lemaire, D. Heynderickx, and D. N. Baker, eds., Radiation Belts an Models and Standards, AGU, 1996

S.-i. Ohtani, R. Fujii, M. Hesse, and R.L. Kysak (eds), Magnetospheric Current Systems, AGU, 2000

G.K. Parks, Physics of Space Plasmas, Addison-Wesley, 1991

G.E. Peterson, Dynamics of Meteor Outbursts and Satellite Mitigation Strategies, Aerospace and AIAA, 1999

C. T. Russell, J. G. Luhmann, R. J. Strangeway, Space Physics: An Introduction, Cambridge, 2016

D. Schrunk, B. Sharpe, B. Cooper, and M. Thangavelu, The Moon. Resources, Future Development and Colonization, Wiley, 1999

W. M. Smart, Textbook on Spherical Astronomy, Cambridge,1977

R.A. Skrivanek, ed., Contemporary Models of the Orbital Environment, AIAA, 1994

F. D. Stacey, Physics of the Earth, Brookfield, 1992

S.T. Suess and B.T. Tsurutani, From the Sun: Auroras, Magnetic Storms, Solar Flares, Cosmic Rays, AGU, 1998

T. Tascione, Introduction to the Space Environment, Orbit Book, 1988

R.A. Treumann, W. Baumjohann, Advanced Space Plasma Physics, World Scientific, 1997

A. Tribble, The Space Environment, Princeton, 1995

B.T. Tsurutani, W.D. Gonzales, Y. Kamide, and J.K. Arballo, eds., Magnetic Storms, AGU, 1997

M. V. Zombeck, Handbook of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics, Cambridge, 1990


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Human Spaceflight

J.C. Buckey, Space Physiology, Oxford, 2006

G. Clement, Fundamentals of Space Medicine, Springer, 2011

P. Eckart, Spaceflight Life Support and Biospherics, Springer, 1997

W.J. Larson and L.K. Pranke, Human Spaceflight: Mission Analysis and Design, McGraw-Hill, 1999


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Spacecraft Power Systems

J. A. Angelo and D. Buden, Space Nuclear Power, Orbit, 1985

S.W. Angrist, Direct Energy Conversion, Allyn and Bacon, 1971

B.E. Anspaugh, Solar Cell Radiation Handbook, JPL, 1989

B.E. Anspaugh, GaAs Solar Cell Radiation Handbook, NASA, 2014

P. Bauer, Batteries for Space Power Systems, NASA SP-172, 1968

J.O'M. Bockris and S. Srinivason, Fuel Cells and Electrochemistry, McGraw-Hill, 1969

J.D. Dunlop, G.M. Rao, and T.Y. Yi, NASA Handbook for Nickel-Hydrogen Batteries, NASA RP 1314, 1993

S.J. Fonash, Solar Cell Device Physics, Academic,1981

F.E. Ford, G.M. Rao, and T.Y. Yi, Handbook for Handling and Storage of Nickel-Cadmium Batteries: Lessons Learned, NASA RP-1326, 1994

G. Halpert, S. Subbarao, and J.J. Rowlette, The NASA Aerospace Battery Safety Handbook, JPL Pub 86-14, 1986

G. Halpert, Secondary Aerospace Batteries and Battery Materials, NASA, 1969

A.K. Hyder, R.L. Wiley, G. Halpert, D.J. Flood, and S. Sabripour, Spacecraft Power Technologies, Imperial, 2000

H.A. Klein, Fuel Cells: An Introduction to Electrochemistry, Lippincott, 1966

D. Linden, Handbook of Batteries and Fuel Cells, McGraw-Hill, 1984

D. Linden, T. B. Reddy, Handbook Of Batteries, McGraw-Hill, 2001

Solar Cell Array Design Handbook -- Volume I, JPL, 1976

Solar Cell Array Design Handbook - Volumes I and II, JPL, 1976

W.R. Scott and D.W. Rusta, Sealed-Cell Nickel-Cadmium Battery Applications Manual, NASA RP-1052, 1979

S. Srinivasan, Fuel Cells: From Fundamentals to Applications, Springer, 2006

H.Y. Tada, J.R. Carter, Jr., B.E. Anspaugh, and R.G. Downing, Solar Cell Radiation Handbook, JPL Pub 82-69, 1982

T. Tanaka, Advanced Power Cable Technology: Present and Future, CRC, 1983

C. Vialet and P. Ranzoli, Definition of Standard Spacecraft Power Interface Characteristics: Final Report, ESA Contract 4505/80/NL/PP(SC), 1983


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Space Communications

W.R. Corliss, Spacecraft Tracking, NASA EP-55, 1969

B.G. Evans (ed.), Satellite Communication Systems, IEE, 1999

R.M. Gagliardi, Satellite Communications, Lifetime Learning, 1984

R.M. Gagliardi, Introduction to Communication Engineering, Wiley, 1988

G.D. Gordon, W.L. Morgan, Principles of Communications Satellites, Wiley, 1993

W.L. Morgan, G.D. Gordon, Communications Satellite Handbook, Wiley, 1989

D.B. Newman, Space Vehicles Electronics, Van Nostrand,1964

T. Pratt, C.W. Bostian, Satellite Communications, Wiley, 1986

W.L. Pritchard, H.G. Suyderhoud, R.A. Nelson, Satellite Communication Systems Engineering, Prentice Hall, 1993

D. Roddy, Satellite Communications, McGraw-Hill, 1996

B. Sklar, Digital Communications: Fundamentals and Application, Prentice-Hall, 2001

J.J. Spilker, Digital Communications by Satellite, Prentice-Hall, 1977

D.J. Whalen, The Origins of Satellite Communications: 1945-1965, Smithsonian, 2002

J.H. Yuen, ed., Deep Space Telecommunications Systems Engineering, Plenum, 1983


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Spacecraft Thermal Control

D. G. Gilmore (editor), Satellite Thermal Control Handbook, The Aerospace Corp., 1994

R.D. Karam, Satellite Thermal Control for System Engineers, AIAA, 1998

M. F. Modest, Radiative Heat Transfer, Academic, 2013

R.D. Siegel, J. Howell, Thermal Radiation Heat Transfer, Taylor Francis, 2002


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Space Structures and Mechanisms

P.L. Conley, Space Vehicle Mechanisms: Elements of Successful Design, Wiley, 1998

S. M. Joshi, Control of Large Flexible Space Structures, Springer, 1989

A. Kelkar and S. M. Joshi, Control of Nonlinear Multibody Flexible Space Structures, Springer, 1996

Standard Terminology for Space Structures, AIAA and ANSI, 1991

T. P. Sarafin, W. J. Larson, eds., Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms, Kluwer, 1995


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