Stability of Satellite Attitude in a Central Force Field
The subsequent stability analyses are for absolutely rigid satellites of finite size in the gravitational field of a point master. The term gravity gradient stabilization (or GG stabilization) is used frequently by space engineers for satellites stabilized by taking advantage of the gradient of the gravitational field surrounding the master, the gradient of the field being none other than the Kepler force K, which, because of the finite size of the satellite, also exerts a torque on the satellite.
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