Accession Number:

AD0739500

Title:

Effect of Satellite Orbital Perturbations on the Proposed Gyroscope Test of General Reliability.

Descriptive Note:

Rept. for Aug-Sep 71,

Corporate Author:

AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF LAB OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1972-03-15

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

The report discusses the orbital perturbation effects on the responses of the subtly arranged gyroscope system proposed to test general relativity in a polar-orbiting satellite. It is shown that secular orbital plane precession due to oblateness of the earth may impair the ability of the experiment to distinguish the Einstein and Brans-Dicke theories of relativity. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Quantum Theory and Relativity
  • Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE