Accession Number:

AD0626278

Title:

ON THE PREDICTION OF SATELLITE ORBIT DECAY AND IMPACT,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Report Date:

1965-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

46.0

Abstract:

Presentation of problems associated with predicting satellite orbit decay plus a description of several computer programs for computing long-term orbit decay, model atmospheres, and final decay and re-entry. Computation of long-term orbit decay using the RAND Satellite Lifetime Program is illustrated for Explorer 9, and the orbit-decay data from the satellite are used to derive a current model atmosphere different from any standard atmospheres and permitting, in subsequent decay computations, a good long-term prediction capability. Computation of final orbit decay with both the Satellite Lifetime Program and the RAND ROCKET Program is then illustrated for the case of Cosmos 5 in this case adjustment of the satellites ballistic coefficient is used to adjust effectively a model atmosphere to simulate the current atmosphere. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE