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Old 08-18-2011, 05:16 AM   #1
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I have played Orbiter for a while and I can do quite a lot of fancy journeys.

But that is only on a operational aspect. I want to learn more about the mathematics and mechanics about planet orbits and driving a spaceship.

Is there any books or sources that I can begin with?
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:19 AM   #2
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http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/basics/index.php

http://www.astronautix.com/

http://www.orbiterwiki.org/wiki/Main_Page

http://spacelog.org/

Those are my favorite online sources -- have fun.

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Old 08-18-2011, 05:51 AM   #3
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My favorite: http://www.braeunig.us/space/orbmech.htm
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:09 PM   #4
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Bate, Mueller, White. Fundamentals of Astrodynamics. (1971) - a good introductory-level text.
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:17 PM   #5
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Also, if you want to learn more about understanding the world of spaceflight, I can recommend you to get some DVD boxes:

When we left Earth: The NASA missions When we left Earth: The NASA missions
- Discovery Channel (Especially the bonus videos are good, you can find them also in the internet after some searching, but you rarely know of them before)

From the Earth to the Moon - HBO

This isn't really helping you learn the math, but both tell some good stories about why spaceflight today is like it is. Especially they also give some nice insights in the engineering and training.
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:42 PM   #6
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We should get a thread stickied with these links ! These are fantastic !
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:00 PM   #7
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 We should get a thread stickied with these links !
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:42 PM   #8
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When we left Earth - all the episodes

http://www.youtube.com/user/SpaceDoc...27/dQz2t57ieIQ

(found here on OF, somewhere...)

Edit: link not available anymore...

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Old 08-28-2011, 03:12 AM   #9
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A very nice book, with little to no math but lots of diagrams, and mentioned in the Go Play In Space tutorial.
To Rise From Earth

I've never read this, but it's supposed to be quite good.
SMAD

Kinda pricey unless you buy used or an older edition, and won't really help you with Orbiter since the engines are largely abstracted away, but a great read to understand how all your maneuvering actually happens.
Rocket Propulsion Elements

Helpful book on orbital mechanics with tons of equations.
Orbital Mechanics...
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