Accession Number : AD0468942


Title :   THE ODD ZONAL HARMONICS IN THE EARTH'S GRAVITATIONAL POTENTIAL.


Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,


Corporate Author : ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (UNITED KINGDOM)


Personal Author(s) : King-Hele, D G ; Cook, G E ; Scott, Diana W


Report Date : Jun 1965


Pagination or Media Count : 43


Abstract : The odd zonal harmonics in the Earth's gravitational potential are determined by analysing the changes in the eccentricities of six satellites having orbital inclinations spaced as uniformly as possible between 28 degrees and 96 degrees. The most satisfactory representation of the potential is found to be in terms of four coefficients. The resulting potential is compared with that obtained by other authors. Three and five-coefficient solutions are also presented. (Author)


Descriptors :   *EARTH(PLANET) , GRAVITY , SCIENTIFIC SATELLITES , ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES , PERTURBATION THEORY , HARMONIC ANALYSIS , ORBITS , MEASUREMENT , LEAST SQUARES METHOD , ERRORS , INCLINED ORBIT TRAJECTORIES


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