A Model for Satellite Electric Drag Calculations.

by G. E. Modesitt

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A study of charge drag on a satellite due to the interactions between the satellite and charged particles in the ionized regions about the earth. The classical energy-loss theory is discussed, and the inadequacy of the linear approximation is demonstrated. From a phenomenological model for the medium, a generalized Debye length is calculated and used as the cutoff parameter for coulomb scattering. The results are applied to the West Ford needles and show a linear dependence of drag on needle potential. 35 pp

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