Analytical and semi-analytical treatment of the satellite motion in a resisting medium. (English) Zbl 1235.70013

Summary: The orbital dynamics of an artificial satellite in the Earth’s atmosphere is considered. An analytic first-order atmospheric drag theory is developed using Lagrange’s planetary equations. The short periodic perturbations due to the geopotential of all orbital elements are evaluated. And to construct a second-order analytical theory, the equations of motion become very complicated to be integrated analytically; thus we are forced to integrate them numerically using the method of Runge-Kutta of fourth order. The validity of the theory is checked on the already decayed Indian satellite ROHINI where its data are available.


70B15 Kinematics of mechanisms and robots
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