Cosmic Research

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 65–71

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



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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Keldysh Institute of Applied MathematicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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