Accession Number:

AD0604668

Title:

EMPIRICAL PARAMETERS DETERMINING THE LIFETIME OF ARTIFICIAL EARTH SATELLITES,

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AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS L G HANSCOM FIELD MASS

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Report Date:

1959-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

Abstract:

The decay of the orbit of most artificial earth satellites can be described by the simple formula log N R log delta P sub N Q N is the revolution number reckoned backwards from the revolution of decay and delta P sub N a quantity defined in the text. The parameters R and Q are correlated to the ratio mF of mass and effective cross section and to the height of the perigee q, respectively. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE