Accession Number : AD0832512

Title :   GROUND TRACK OF A 24 HOUR SATELLITE,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Bielkowicz, Peter

Report Date : JUL 1964

Pagination or Media Count : 58

Abstract : The method of tracing a satellite's orbit on a rotating Earth has been outlined. A spherical Earth is assumed, and perturbations due to oblateness have been neglected. Auxiliary tables and graphs have been prepared showing relations between the in-plane and geocentric coordinates. The method has been applied to the case of a 24 hour satellite in an orbital plane with inclination i = 60 deg., and having the eccentricity e = .6. Eight different positions of the perigee have been investigated and results are presented in tables and graphs. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SYNCHRONOUS SATELLITES, ORBITS), SATELLITE TRACKING SYSTEMS, ELLIPTICAL ORBIT TRAJECTORIES, INCLINED ORBIT TRAJECTORIES, PERIGEE, TIME.

Subject Categories : Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment
      Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE