, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 65-71
Date: 23 Feb 2011

Elimination of relative secular drift of orbits of two satellites caused by polar oblateness of the Earth

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A method of elimination of relative secular drifts in satellite formations is suggested for the case of influence of a perturbation due to polar oblateness of the Earth. The method is applied to eliminate relative secular drifts in the case when a satellite is controlled using an engine mounted along its orientation axis (the satellite is supplied with a passive magnetic attitude control system) and with the help of a solar sail installed on one of the satellites. Analytical results are confirmed by numerical simulation.

Original Russian Text © M.Yu. Ovchinnikov, I.E. Zaramenskikh, 2011, published in Kosmicheskie Issledovaniya, 2011, Vol. 49, No.1, pp. 68–74.