Orbital Inclination of Satellite

Tamanna Kundra, Abhinav Sharma


Equations are derived which govern the rate of change of the inclination of a satellite orbit to the equator of an planet. It is shown that if the motion of the satellite’s ascending node on the equator plane has a period which is short as compared to with the planet precession period then the satellite’s orbit will maintain a constant inclination to plane’s equator. This criterion is satisfied by many satellite orbit in the soldar system. These include all satellite whose orbit planes lie in the planet’s equator planes.


Orbital Inclination; Satellite

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