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Fundamentals of Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control


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Attitude Determination and Estimation.- Matrices, Vectors, Frames, Transforms.- Rotational Kinematics and Dynamics.- Sensors and Actuators.- Static Attitude Determination Methods.- Filtering for Attitude Determination.- Attitude Control.

About the Author

Dr. F. Landis Markley has been a leader in spacecraft attitude estimation as well as one of the most important mission engineers. He joined the Computer Sciences Corporation in 1974 and established himself as an expert on all aspects of spacecraft attitude mission support. He moved to the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory in 1978 and to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 1985. Since 2010, he has been Aerospace Engineer Emeritus in Goddard's Attitude Control Systems Engineering Branch. He has supported more than twenty space missions, most notably the Hubble Space Telescope, the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission and the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe. Dr. Markley is the author of many classic papers in spacecraft attitude estimation, dynamics, and control. He was one of the principal contributors to the book "Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control" (Springer, 1978), which has been essential to the education of many astronautical engineers. He was elected Fellow of the AIAA in 1998 and of the AAS in 2007 and has been a Goddard Senior Fellow since 2000. He is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1994 and 2005), the AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight Award (1998), and the AAS Dirk Brouwer Award (2005).Dr. John L. Crassidis is the CUBRC Professor in Space Situational Awareness of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Buffalo (UB). Currently, he is the Director of UB's Center for Multisource Information Fusion. Before joining UB in 2001, he held previous academic appointments at Catholic University of America (1996-1998) and Texas A&M University (1998-2000). He also held a position as a NASA Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Goddard Space Flight Center (1996-1998). While at NASA-Goddard he worked on a number of mission projects, such as the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission, the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, and the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe. He is first author to the book "Optimal Estimation of Dynamic Systems," which is currently in its second edition. He was elected Fellow of the AAS in 2014 and Associate Fellow of the AIAA in 2002. He is a recipient of the AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight Award (2012) and several teaching awards.


"The present book presents the fundamental concepts and mathematical basis for spacecraft attitude description and control. ... Every chapter and appendix contains a rich references. After reading this book, the reader will be convinced that the intended audience for it consists of graduate students, Ph.D. students and scientists with an interest in spacecraft attitude determination and control." (Clementina Mladenova, zbMATH 1381.70006, 2018)
"It is of exceptional quality in both the range of subjects covered and the detail of that coverage. ... this book has a lot to offer to those of us involved in the developments and data processing for such projects, describing in detail external forces as well as the effects of non-rigidity. ... this is a very worthwhile volume, highly recommended for anyone involved in astronomical or other satellite projects." (Floor van Leeuwen, The Observatory, Vol. 135 (1246), June, 2015)"This is an excellent book. Markley ... and Crassidis (Univ. of Buffalo) have succeeded in creating a work that is a good textbook for both upper-level undergraduate and graduate students as well as practitioners. ... book ends with several appendixes that further support the rest of the book and also provide novice practitioners with a good resource to help them understand the more technical and complicated material. ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. Aerospace engineering collections serving upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners." (D. B. Spencer, Choice, Vol. 52 (7), March, 2015)

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