orbital mechanics

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Related to orbital mechanics: celestial mechanics
the principles governing the motion of bodies in orbit around other bodies under gravitational influence, such as artificial Earth satellites.

See also: Mechanics

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As an arts graduate, I cannot profess to be a leading expert on orbital mechanics.
Johnson later helped calculate the orbital mechanics of Apollo missions and early Space Shuttle flights until her retirement in 1986.
In this case, the home-building exercise is to "take a planet and select its characteristics" from orbital mechanics to topographical details.
It also serves as an introduction to basic orbital mechanics and features an interesting history of the scientific discoveries made since the late eighteenth century concerning the Solar System's material bodies.
Stephenson's descriptions of hastily constructed habitats and rocket ships are easy to visualize, an his crisp narration and deadpan humor render the counterintuitive orbital mechanics that are crucial to his storyline entertaining as well as comprehensible.
The Lockheed Martin led team, which includes General Dynamics and AMEC, has decades of collective experience in space-related programs, including sensors, mission processing, cataloging, orbital mechanics, net-centric communications and facilities.
Orbital mechanics expert Bill Gray realised that the spacecraft would effectively be lost, so he alerted observers pointing out the need for follow-up astrometry via a message on the Minor Planet Mailing List.
Orbital mechanics are simple in theory--it's all just gravity
The researchers combined their expertise in impact cratering and orbital mechanics to determine how much material was displaced by particular asteroid impacts and whether individual particles would land on Phobos, the closer of the two Martian moons.
Orbital mechanics and formation flying; a digital control approach.
Astronautical engineering, also called rocket science, uses the mathematical axioms of astrophysics and orbital mechanics when designing spacecraft for the thermosphere and beyond.