Cover: On the characteristics of families of satellites in coplanar, circular orbit

On the characteristics of families of satellites in coplanar, circular orbit

Published 1966

by Gaylord M. Northrop

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An analysis of the orbital characteristics of families of satellites in coplanar, circular orbit from a deterministic, rather than a random, point of view. The analytic results provide a basic structure that can be used in the design and planning of satellite systems for communications, weather, navigation, and warning. The basic equations describing satellite orbits are used to predict initial spreading characteristics, drift rate, potential bunching configurations, and bunching durations. Because of the complexity introduced by multiple-member families of satellites, a computer technique is used in these cases. Two spacing schemes for satellites in unperturbed, circular, coplanar orbit illustrate the analysis. 49 pp.

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