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Earth-Reflected Radiation Pressure

  • D. E. Smith
Part of the COSPAR-IAU-IAG/IUGG-IUTAM book series (IUTAM)

Abstract

A large proportion of the sunlight that falls on the Earth is reflected or re-radiated back into space and any of this radiation that shines on a satellite will cause a small force to be exerted on the satellite thus perturbing its orbit. The development of theories that can be used to calculate this perturbing force is discussed, the assumptions that need to be made and the difficulties in finding a solution are considered. Several theoretical studies are reviewed and the importance of this perturbing force on balloon type satellites is investigated.

Keywords

Diffuse Reflection Radial Component Radiation Pressure Transverse Component Specular Component 
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© Springer Verlag, Berlin/Heidelberg 1970

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. E. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Space and Planetary Sciences Department. Applied Sciences DivisionWolf Research and Development CorporationRiverdaleUSA

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