Space Vehicle Flight Mechanics (La Mecanique du Vol des Vehicules Spatiaux)
ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRANCE)
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In the last thirty years we have seen a great increase in both manned and unmanned space flights for scientific studies, for communication and navigation, and for military purposes such as surveillance, reconnaissance and as a possible area of deployment for both offensive and defensive weaponry. The possible uses of flight at near-space conditions i.e.above about 150,000ft. are also under consideration and, at these heights, many of the technical problems have a common basis with those space vehicles during the launch, recovery and transatmospheric phases. In all these areas, many problems remain only partly resolved and the relevant technologies are developing rapidly. It was considered that resolution of these problems and finding ways of using new technologies would benefit from the combined thought of the technology communities of the NATO nations. A symposium sponsored by the Flight Mechanics Panel of AGARD was seen as a timely forum for discussions on at least the flight mechanics aspects of this important topic. The symposium included the control and trajectory aspects of launch and recovery, in-orbit dynamics, trans- atmospheric flight and the dynamic aspects of assembly and operation in space and also covered simulation and flight test. Keywords Flight characteristics, Spacecraft, Spacecraft launching, Spacecraft recovery, Spacecraft simulation, Flight tests.