Accession Number : AD0724936

Title :   Theory and Practical Determination of the Orbit of an Artificial Earth Satellite (Theorie et Determination Pratique de l'Orbite d'un Satellite Artificiel de la Terre),

Corporate Author : AERONAUTICAL CHART AND INFORMATION CENTER ST LOUIS MO TECHNICAL LIBRARY SECTION

Personal Author(s) : Blaive,J. C.

Report Date : MAY 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : The report defines in broad outlines the theory of the motion of an artificial earth satellite and the method of the practical determination of an orbit. A brief review is given of the various disturbing forces acting on the satellite, the earth's potential, lunisolar potential, atmospheric drag, and radiation pressure, as well as the principle of the method of solving the equations of motion. The various means of tracking satellites are examined, with special stress on interferometric methods. The principle of practical determination of an orbit with the aid of interferometric measurements and the practical and theoretical purposes for observing satellites is given. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ORBITS, EQUATIONS OF MOTION), SATELLITE TRACKING SYSTEMS, INTERFEROMETERS, POTENTIAL THEORY, GRAVITY, DRAG, MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS, FRANCE

Subject Categories : Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE