Basics of Space Flight has evolved from a tutorial that was designed in 1993 to help operations people identify the range of concepts associated with deep space missions, and to grasp the relationships among them. It became a website∗ as the web itself evolved, and as such it has gained popularity with college and high-school students and faculty, and people everywhere who want to know more about interplanetary space flight.
Basics of Space Flight
This tutorial attempts to offer a broad scope, but limited depth, serving as a robust framework to accommodate further training or investigation. Many other resources are available for delving into each of the topics related here; indeed, any one of them can involve a lifelong career of specialization. This tutorial’s purpose is met if the reader learns the scope of concepts that apply to interplanetary space exploration, and how the relationships among all of them work.