Accession Number:

AD0650808

Title:

PENDULUM IN CABIN OF ARTIFICIAL EARTH SATELLITE,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1967-01-23

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

The transfer of the classical pendulum problem into the peculiar weightless environment of an artificial earth satellite may be of both theoretical and practical interest. Consequently, starting from appropriate differential equations, the author discusses the motion of a plane pendulum the case of the spherical pendulum was studied earlier by J. L. Synge Proc. of Roy. Irish Acad., Vol. 60, 1961, No. 1 and the motion of a heavy sphere along a straight groove. He shows that by using measurements on properly oriented grooves one should, in principle, be able to determine the direction of the vertical, the distance from the center of the earth, the angular velocity vector, and the nongravitational acceleration within the artificial satellite. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE