Radiation Pressure Effects in the Motion of Artificial Satellites

  • L. Sehnal
Part of the COSPAR-IAU-IAG/IUGG-IUTAM book series (IUTAM)

Abstract

The problem of the perturbation analysis of the radiation pressure effects has its difficulties of both physical and mathematical nature. The process of transfer of the radiation momentum on a satellite, the changing position of a satellite body, the properties of its surface and other circumstances must be taken into account in detailed analysis. Knowing the physical conditions, the computing of the changes of satellite motion is made difficult by several discontinuities, the effect of the Earth’s shadow being the most important. This can be described by a special shadow function, giving satisfactory results at least by computing the short-periodic perturbations.

The effect of the re-radiation of the Earth is still described best by numerical integration regarding the uneasy description of the radiation sources. The dynamical effect of the direct radiation (Poynting-Robertson effect) can be computed with sufficient accuracy by approximative analytical methods, since its magnitude does not reach significant values.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Sehnal
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  1. 1.Astronomical InstituteCzechoslovak Academy of SciencesPragueČSSR

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