Thomas Uhlig, Florian Sellmaier, Michael Schmidhuber
The book describes the basic concepts of spaceflight operations, for both, human and unmanned missions.
The basic subsystems of a space vehicle are explained in dedicated chapters, the relationship of spacecraft design and the very unique space environment are laid out. Flight dynamics are taught as well as ground segment requirements. Mission operations are divided into preparation including management aspects, execution and planning. Deep space missions and space robotic operations are included as special cases. The book is based on the spacecraft operations course which is held every year at the German Space Operation Center (GSOC).