Satellite Lifetimes in Nearly Circular Orbits for Various Earth-Atmosphere Models

by Louis N. Rowell

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Standard equations for the determination of the changes in the orbital elements of nearly circular satellite orbits for two large, heavy satellites similar to Mercury. The lifetimes of these satellites, starting on orbits ranging in altitude from 75 to 150 n mi and inclinations from 0 to 90 deg, are given for several different Earth-atmosphere models.

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