ON THE LONG PERIOD LUNI-SOLAR EFFECT IN THE MOTION OF AN ARTIFICIAL SATELLITE
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC
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Two systems of formulas are presented for the determination of the long period perturbations caused by the Sun and the Moon in the motion of an artificial satellite. The first system can be used to determine the lunar effect for all satellite. The second method is more convenient for finding the lunar effect for close satellites and the solar effect for all satellites. Knowledge of these effects is essential for determining the stability of the satellite orbit. The basic equations of both systems are arranged in a form which permits the use of numerical integration. The two theories are more accurate and more adaptable to the use of electronic machines than the analytical developments obtained previously AD249292.
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