Accession Number:

AD0477251

Title:

RESONANCE EFFECTS FOR SATELLITES WITH NOMINALLY CONSTANT GROUND TRACK.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (UNITED KINGDOM)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1965-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

Since a constant-ground-track satellite would continually pass over the same regions of the Earth, such orbits are in resonance with the longitude dependent part of the Earths gravitational field. The situation is similar, but not completely analogous, to the case of synchronous satellites. For beta revolutions per day, the ground track will oscillate in longitude with a maximum amplitude of or -180beta degrees, the periods of oscillation being usually of the order of a few years for beta 2, 3, and 4. These effects depend strongly on the inclination of the orbit. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE