The Effects of the J3-Harmonic (Pear Shape) on the Orbits of a Satellite

  • R. A. Broucke
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 272)


The object of the present article is a detailed numerical investigation of the perturbation on the orbit of a satellite, caused by the pear- shape or J3-Harmonic of the central body. We principally use concepts from the general theory of periodic orbits, such as Poincaré surfaces of section, stability theory, characteristic exponents and bifurcations.


Periodic Orbit Circular Orbit Monodromy Matrix Meridian Plane Polar Orbit 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. A. Broucke
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  1. 1.University of TexasAustinUSA

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