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


DOI: 10.1134/S0010952511010059

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Ovchinnikov, M.Y. & Zaramenskikh, I.E. Cosmic Res (2011) 49: 65. doi:10.1134/S0010952511010059


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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© Pleiades Publishing, Ltd. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

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

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