The effects of solar radiation pressure on the motion of an artificial satellite

Doctoral thesis English OPEN
Ryland, Frederick C.E.
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    arxiv: Astrophysics::Earth and Planetary Astrophysics | Physics::Space Physics

This thesis documents an investigation of the effect of solar radiation pressure on the motion of an artificial satellite. Consideration is given to the methods required for the inclusion of the discontinuous effect of the Earth's shadow. The analysis resulting from the description of a deformed diffusely reflecting balloon satellite and an algorithm describing the effects of Earth reflected solar radiation pressure are developed, culminating in the application of the derived theory to the orbital data of the balloon satellite, Explorer 19.
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