"A closed form expression for the time to decay between two circular orbit altitudes is developed. The long-term dynamic variation of high altitude atmospheric density is included. The density is approximated as a ratio of two quadratics with the numerator being a function of the time-related exospheric temperature and the denominator being a function of altitude. The 11-year cyclic variation of exospheric temperature is then represented as a piecewise linear function of time. The analytic expression for circular orbit altitude decay rate is developed by describing the energy loss due to atmospheric drag. A point mass representation of the Earth's gravitational potential is assumed"--Abstract, page ii.
Brulle, Robert V.
Flanigan, V. J.
Jones, R. E. Douglas
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
M.S. in Aerospace Engineering
University of Missouri--Rolla
v, 37 pages
© 1971 John Copley Buchholtz, All rights reserved.
Thesis - Open Access
Artificial satellites -- Attitude
Artificial satellites -- Orbits -- Mathematical models
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Buchholtz, John Copley, "A closed form method for predicting the history of circular orbit altitude decay of a near-earth satellite including the effect of a dynamic atmosphere" (1971). Masters Theses. 7206.