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A presentation of the basic theory and the possible functions of a digital computer program which mathematically simulates the motions of an earth satellite, permitting cheap, accurate predictions of orbital changes for years ahead. Its applications include evaluating systems which stress satellite longevity and orbital stability, estimating drag characteristics of unknown satellites, and improving or refining a new model atmosphere.

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