About the Author

After receiving his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from The University of Michigan in 1979, Jim Longuski (long-güs'-ske) worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Maneuver Analyst and as a Mission Designer. In 1988, he joined the faculty of the School of Aeronautics & Astronautics at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he teaches courses in dynamics, aerospace optimization, and spacecraft design. He is coinventor of a "Method for Velocity Precision Pointing in Spin-Stabilized Spacecraft or Rockets" and is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Professor Longuski has published more than one hundred fifty conference and journal papers in the general area of astrodynamics including such topics as spacecraft dynamics and control, reentry theory, mission design, space trajectory optimization, and a new test of general relativity. In 2004, AIAA published Professor Longuski's first book, Advice to Rocket Scientists: A Career Survival Guide for Scientists and Engineers.

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