Accession Number:

AD0729217

Title:

Variations in Orbital Elements

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

PAN AMERICAN WORLD AIRWAYS INC PATRICK AFB FL AEROSPACE SERVICES DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1971-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

85.0

Abstract:

Due to perturbative forces acting on a near earth satellite, the associated classical Keplerian orbital elements vary with time. These variations are divided into secular, short period and long period. The mathematical equations expressing these variations are presented without derivation along with numerical examples. A discussion of the practical applications of these variations to trajectory generation and orbit determination is included.

Subject Categories:

  • Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE