Accession Number:

AD0618728

Title:

TIME HISTORY OF THE MOTION AND STABILITY OF A DUMBBELL SATELLITE IN ORBIT ABOUT A SPHERICAL, ROTATING EARTH.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

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Report Date:

1965-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

97.0

Abstract:

The general three-dimensional equations of motion are derived for an unsymmetrical dumbbell satellite with masses connected by an infinitely rigid, weightless bar. The satellite is spun about its center of mass at a rate sufficient to create an artificial one g environment at the larger mass. The equations of motion are modified using a small perturbation approach to separate the motion of the vehicle from that of an equivalent point mass. Solution of the resulting perturbation equations is accomplished using the IBM 7090-94 Digital Computer System. Results predict a stable orbit and an essentially constant satellite spin rate vector. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE