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Poisson equations of rotational motion for a rigid triaxial body with application to a tumbling artificial satelliteA mathematical model is developed for studying the effects of gravity gradient torque on the attitude stability of a tumbling triaxial rigid satellite. Poisson equations are used to investigate the rotation of the satellite (which is in elliptical orbit about an attracting point mass) about its center of mass. An averaging method is employed to obtain an intermediate set of differential equations for the nonresonant, secular behavior of the osculating elements which describe the rotational motions of the satellite, and the averaged equations are then integrated to obtain long-term secular solutions for the osculating elements.
Document ID
19760037827
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Authors
Liu, J. J. F. (Northrop Services, Inc. Huntsville, Ala., United States)
Fitzpatrick, P. M. (Auburn University Auburn, Ala., United States)
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1975
Publication Information
Publication: Celestial Mechanics
Volume: 12
Subject Category
ASTRODYNAMICS
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS8-20175
Distribution Limits
Public
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