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Morning all Desmond King Heles OBSERVING EARTH SATELLITES had at least two editions, the first one in 1966 and the second one in 1983. There is quite a bit of difference between the two so both worthwhile reading. Another book that I found very useful was SATELLITE TRACKING by Stanley J.MACKO and published by John F.Rider Publisher,inc in 1962. This has the following chapters (only the main ones): Orbital elements of a satellite How to calculate the approximate orbital elements of a satellite Orbital elements from Tracking Data How to use orbital elements Visibility of satellite and missile orbits Ballistic missile trajectories The Atlantic Missile range The book is very easy to read, the maths is pretty straight forward and its full of real examples. Unfortunately it has a few mistakes in some of the equations - this book was my "bible" in my early days. A book somewhat more advanced is ORBITAL MECHANICS FOR ENGINEERING STUDENTS by Howard D.Curtis and published as part of the Elseview Aerospace Engineering Series ISBN-13:978-0-7506-6169-0, ISBN-10:0-7506-6169-0. It covers all aspects of orbital mechanics including Preliminary Orbit Determination,Orbital Maneuvers,Relative motion and rendezvous,Interplanetary Trajectories,Satellite Attitude dynamics and Rocket Vehicle Dynamics amongst others. There is also an appendix of MATLAB algorithms. First published 2005 and reprinted 2006. The maths level can become a bit hairy at times so I would not rate it as a book for beginners . I have found it very useful . It is still available on the internet. Of course there are many other books but now one needs to be something of a mathematician. Cheers Greg ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe/Unsubscribe info, Frequently Asked Questions, SeeSat-L archive: http://www.satobs.org/seesat/seesatindex.html

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