Satellite Dynamics

Symposium São Paulo/Brazil June 19–21, 1974

  • Girgio E. O. Giacaglia
  • A. C. Stickland
Conference proceedings

Part of the COSPAR-IAU-IUTAM book series (IUTAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. First Session Wednesday, June 19, 1974, Morning

  3. Second Session Wednesday, June 19, 1974, Afternoon

  4. Third Session Thursday, June 20, 1974, Morning

    1. B. D. Tapley, A. R. Neto, B. E. Schutz
      Pages 154-169
  5. Fourth Session Thursday, June 20, 1974, Afternoon

  6. Fifth Session Friday, June 21, 1974, Morning

  7. Sixth Session Friday, June 21, 1974, Afternoon

About these proceedings


This volume includes original papers presented at the 4th Symposium on Satellite Dynamics held at the XII Annual Plenary Meeting of COSPAR. At a time where it might be thought that very few problems were left un­ solved in celestial mechanics, we discover that new and more challenging questions must be answered. The pre­ cision of observations reaches the centimeter level and physical phenomena which had been disregarded come into play. We need a better treatment of atmospheric drag, radiation forces, and a better knowledge of the earth's gravitational field. Time has to be precisely defined as well as reference systems, including improved values for precision and nutation. The question of resonances introduced by nonzonal harmonics was to be carefully in­ vestigated. Numerical integration techniques must be optimized and means of controlling their errors improved. Analytical techniques must be made appropriate for com­ puter processing. Presently existing methods of solu­ tions of differential equations of interest to celestial mechanics are getting cumbersome as all these new facts come to light. It is clear that entirely new and more effective methods are necessary. These methods must, among other requirements, take into account the essential nonlinear character of the equations. Finally, the mo­ tion about the center of mass of a satellite is becoming an essential need for the thorough understanding and de­ scription of the orbital motion.


Satellitendynamik control dynamics mechanics satellites

Editors and affiliations

  • Girgio E. O. Giacaglia
    • 1
  • A. C. Stickland
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto Astronomico e GeofisicoSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.COSPAR Editorial OfficeNorthwoodEngland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1975
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-46321-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-46319-8
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