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Which notes and/or books on mathematics, physics, 3D geometry preparatory to the study of orbital dynamics?

I have a master's degree in aerospace engineering and I'm preparing for job interviews for orbital mechanics/space flight dynamics engineer positions and I need material about maths, physics, 3D ...
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Google maps for Space exploration

Google Maps Can Google Maps for Space Exploration be defined similar to our planet Earth? I.e Planet Mars exploration, Moon exploration, International Space Station (ISS) journey and other planets of ...
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Variation of restricted 3 body problem

I'm in the process of programming a space game which will involve a 3-body system. I'm thinking of making a simplified version of the restricted 3 body problem where: Body A is fixed in space, Body B ...
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Where is Artemis on this Earth-Moon three-body bifurcation plot? Where's the near-rectilinear halo orbit for example?

Below is a $\mu = 0.01215$ bifurcation plot from E. J. Doedel, E.J. et al's Elemental periodic orbits associated with the libration points in the circular restricted 3-body problem International ...
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How do I construct halo orbits around the Sun-Earth L2 point in GMAT? What should the state vector of the spacecraft be?

I am new to trajectory design, and have been using GMAT to learn it since it's free, unlike STK. I have been trying to design a script that takes a spacecraft from Earth orbit to a halo orbit around ...
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JWST Halo Orbits for Dummies: can halo orbits be usefully approximated by Simple Harmonic Motion?

Halo Orbits for Dummies: can halo orbits be usefully approximated by Simple Harmonic Motion? I am an undergraduate in the Kerbal Academy of Astrodynamics. Patched conics have given me an intuitive ...
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What is the "mass" of a Lagrange point?

Of the five Lagrange points, L4 and L5, as stable points, can be orbited by asteroids, satellites, and any other useful or interesting object. Assuming two-body motion however, calculating orbits with ...
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Can mascons have Lagrange-like points? In principle? At the Moon?

Background Lagrange points are a mathematical consequence of the The Circular Restricted Three Body Problem (CR3BP or CRTBP); two massive bodies orbiting around their center of mass and a third ...
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Can I observe a Venus transit before 2117 from a spacecraft in the Earth-Moon neighbourhood?

The Astronomy SE side of things is clear: The next Venus transit is in 2117. Good things they come in pairs, the 2004 had too many clouds for me, but 2012 was excellent. That means I will not see a ...
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How can you construct the periodic orbits around libration points L1 and L2 in the circular restricted three-body problem and prove their existence?

Following up on a previous question about the classification of periodic orbits, how can they be constructed, especially the planar Lyapunov family, around libration points $L_1$ and $L_2$? And how ...
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Can L3 have halo orbits?

I've recently said you see one co-linear libration point, you seen 'em all. That's what I always say and while halo and other orbits associated with Sun-Earth L1 and L2 work similarly, L3 is 2 AU ...
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Two-body problem VS Three-body problem Applications

The two-body problem deals with two bodies under certain assumptions while the restricted three-body problem deals with three bodies where one has a negligible mass (i.e. spacecraft or comet) I was ...
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Is it obvious or easily-proven that L4 and L5 must be in the parental orbital plane?

Looking at the question and answer and diagrams from Are Lagrangian points associated only with the smaller body? got me wondering. L4 and L5 each form an equilateral triangle with the two main ...
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Is a solar free-return trajectory possible?

I'm coining a new phrase: "Dyson circuit". Is it possible, with current solar orbital capabilities (see Parker Solar Probe), to drive artificial satellites in a free-return trajectory around the Sun? ...
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L2 point in multi-moon system

For an SF novel, if there were two large moons orbiting a planet, let's say one moon the size of Earth's moon and the 2nd moon about 20% larger, and the planet roughly the size of the Earth, would the ...
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