Orbital Perturbations Due to Attitude Libration of an Arbitrary Rigid Body Moving in a Central Newtonian Field.
STANFORD UNIV CA DEPT OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS
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Interaction between attitude libration and orbital motion of a rigid body moving in a central Newtonian field is studied. Linearized equation of motion in the neighborhood of a circular orbit are presented, and gravity-gradient stability analysis is extended to include effects of the above interaction. The phenomenon of pitch resonance is explained in terms of this interaction. An average solution of the coupled orbital-attitude motion in the plane is presented. Author
- Celestial Mechanics
- Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry