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Books and papers

Several books and articles are mentioned across the documentation and the source code itself. Here is the complete list in no particular order:

  • Vallado, David A., and Wayne D. McClain. Fundamentals of astrodynamics and applications. Vol. 12. Springer Science & Business Media, 2001.

  • Curtis, Howard. Orbital mechanics for engineering students. Butterworth-Heinemann, 2013.

  • Bate, Roger R., Donald D. Mueller, William W. Saylor, and Jerry E. White. Fundamentals of astrodynamics: (dover books on physics). Dover publications, 2013.

  • Battin, Richard H. An introduction to the mathematics and methods of astrodynamics. Aiaa, 1999.

  • Edelbaum, Theodore N. “Propulsion requirements for controllable satellites.” ARS Journal 31, no. 8 (1961): 1079-1089.

  • Walker, M. J. H., B. Ireland, and Joyce Owens. “A set modified equinoctial orbit elements.” Celestial Mechanics 36.4 (1985): 409-419.


poliastro wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous, often unpaid and unrecognised effort of thousands of volunteers who devote a significant part of their lives to provide the best software money can buy, for free. This is a list of direct poliastro dependencies with a citeable resource, which doesn’t account for the fact that I have used and enjoyed free (as in freedom) operative systems, compilers, text editors, IDEs and browsers for my whole academic life.

  • Van Der Walt, Stefan, S. Chris Colbert, and Gael Varoquaux. “The NumPy array: a structure for efficient numerical computation.” Computing in Science & Engineering 13, no. 2 (2011): 22-30. DOI:10.1109/MCSE.2011.37

  • Virtanen, P., Gommers, R., Oliphant, T.E. et al. SciPy 1.0: fundamental algorithms for scientific computing in Python. Nat Methods 17, 261–272 (2020).DOI:10.1038/s41592-019-0686-2

  • Hunter✝, John D. “Matplotlib: A 2D graphics environment.” Computing in science and engineering 9, no. 3 (2007): 90-95. DOI:10.1109/MCSE.2007.55

  • Pérez, Fernando, and Brian E. Granger. “IPython: a system for interactive scientific computing.” Computing in Science & Engineering 9, no. 3 (2007): 21-29. DOI:10.1109/MCSE.2007.53

  • The Astropy Collaboration, A. M. Price-Whelan, B. M. Sipőcz, H. M. Günther, P. L. Lim, S. M.Crawford, S.
    Conseil, D. L. Shupe, M. W. Craig, N. Dencheva “The Astropy Project: Building an Open-science Project and Status of the v2.0 Core Package” The Astropy Collaboration et al AJ 156 123 (2018) DOI:10.3847/1538-3881/aabc4f