Books by Aerospace

The Aerospace Corporation publishes scholarly books on topics of interest to designers and developers of satellites and space systems. Published in association with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), these books are written by scientists and engineers working at The Aerospace Corporation in diverse areas of specialization. Recent books have focused on the past and future application of miniature satellites, the art and science of testing space-system batteries, and the range and capabilities of communication satellites around the globe. Other books have examined topics ranging from orbit maintenance and collision avoidance to thermal control systems, microengineering, and the physics of rocket exhaust plumes.

Applied Orbit Perturbation and Maintenance

Summarizes the perturbation theories and control (stationkeeping) algorithms needed for understanding the dynamics, stability, and maintenance of geostationary, semisynchronous, Molniya, sun-synchronous, and frozen orbits.

Band Model Theory of Radiation Transport

This book presents a thorough theoretical treatment of all aspects of traditional narrow band model methods for radiation transport.

Communication Satellites, Fifth Edition

First published in 1986, this book has become a standard in the chronicles of communication satellites. It describes communication satellites beginning with the U.S. Army’s Project SCORE, launched in 1958, through satellites now being manufactured.

International Launch Site Guide, Second Edition

Newly revised in 2005, this guide provides payload planners general information useful in selecting candidate launch sites for commercial payloads.

Microengineering Aerospace Systems

Textbook tutorial of MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) and microengineering technology for developing “intelligent” functionality into aerospace systems.

Nickel-Hydrogen Batteries: Principles and Practice

This book provides an in-depth review of nickel-hydrogen cell technology: how it was developed, how it works, how to implement it and realize its ultimate capability, and what can go wrong if it is not properly managed.

Nickel-Hydrogen Life Cycle Testing: Review and Analysis

A detailed overview of a recent project designed to compare and assess different nickel-hydrogen life testing programs targeting low Earth orbit (LEO) applications.

Rocket Exhaust Plume Phenomenology

This book deals with the physical and chemical processes in rocket engines and their exhaust plumes. It is concerned primarily with the phenomenology of rocket exhaust plumes as the targets of space-based surveillance systems.

Small Satellites: Past, Present, and Future

This is the first book to describe the state of the art of microsats, nanosats, picosats, and CubeSats—and the possible missions they can perform. Topics include new materials and cost-effective manufacturing techniques for mass-producing mass-customizable small satellites.

Spacecraft Collision Probability

This book analyzes the probability of collision when the orbits of two approaching objects are based on measurements with inherent errors.

Space Modeling and Simulation

This reference text focuses on modeling and simulation (M&S) as it applies to space systems development and operation.

Spacecraft Thermal Control Handbook, Vol. 1: Fundamental Technologies

A practical handbook that provides the thermal engineer with enough background and specific information to begin conducting thermal analysis and to participate in the thermal design of satellite and spacecraft systems.

Spacecraft Thermal Control Handbook, Vol. 2: Cryogenics

Useful information for anyone involved in the design, analysis, integration, testing, and operation of a variety of instruments, sensors, and other devices that must be cooled to cryogenic temperatures.

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Advanced Space System Concepts and Technologies: 2010–2030+

This book presents an imaginative view of what space could well become in the next several decades if new technologies that have already been identified are developed and demonstrated.

Civil, Commercial, and International Remote Sensing Systems and Geoprocessing

An overview of the field of satellite environmental remote sensing of the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and land surface from 1980 to 2007, including evolution of the field, current status, and projections for the ensuing decade.

Dynamics of Meteor Outbursts and Satellite Mitigation Strategies

New dynamic mitigation strategies provide mission operators with additional ways to decrease the danger from the potential threat posed by Leonid meteoroids to orbiting spacecraft over the next several years.