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

  • Frederick C.E. Ryland

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Abstract

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.
Date of Award1979
LanguageEnglish
SupervisorC.J. Brookes (Supervisor)

Keywords

  • satellite
  • orbit
  • perturbation
  • solar radiation

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The effects of solar radiation pressure on the motion of an artificial satellite
Ryland, F. C. E. (Author). 1979

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy