Satellite Librations on an Elliptic Orbit.

by Hans B. Schechter

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A study to further the understanding of the factors which affect the orientational attitude of satellites. It discusses the effect of orbital eccentricity on the planar tumbling or oscillatory motion of a dumbbell shaped satellite. The stability or instability of the motion in some ranges of the angular velocity is covered, a question that arises in connection with the problem of passive attitude stabilization of satellites

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