A communications satellite has two conflicting requirements. It must have sufficient altitude to give geometrical coverage of the Earth’s surface, but not be so high that the inverse square law overpowers the extra coverage due to extra height. Thus the orbits in this paper are independent of the launching rocket used, although published data for the British Blue Streak-Black Knight rocket combination has been used to indicate the variation of satellite weight for various altitudes and orbits.


Circular Orbit Elliptic Orbit Communication Purpose Precession Rate Inertial Space 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. F. Hilton
    • 1
  • S. R. Dauncey
    • 1
  1. 1.Hawker Siddeley Aviation LimitedKingston-upon-Thames, SurreyEngland

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