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DOI: 10.14704/nq.2021.19.9.NQ21134

The Effect of Atmospheric Drag Force on the Elements of Low Earth Orbital Satellites at Minimum Solar Activity

Najlaa Ozaar Hasan, Wafaa Hasan Ali Zaki and Ahmed Kader Izzet


Researching and modeling perturbations is essential in astrodynamics because it gives information on the deviations from the satellite's normal, idealized, or unperturbed motion. Examined the impact of non-conservative atmospheric drag and orbital elements of low-earth-orbit satellites under low solar activity. The study is consisting of parts, the first looks at the effects of atmospheric drag on LEO satellites different area to mass ratios, and the second looks at different inclination values. Modeling the impacts of perturbation is included in each section, and the final portion determines the effects of atmospheric drag at various node values. The simulation was run using the Celestial Mechanics software system's SATORB module (Beutler, 2005), which solves the perturbation equations via numerical integration. The findings were examined using Matlab 2012. Conclusion that the impacts are stronger for retrograde orbits, which is due to the fact that the satellite moves in the opposite direction. The atmospheric drag effects for all orbital elements were increased by increasing the area to mass ratio. When the node value rises, the size parameter changes slightly, but the other orbital elements change. At varying inclinations, it is found that the changes in orbital elements due to atmospheric drug.


Perturbations, Orbital Elements, Atmospheric Drug, Low Orbit Satellites.

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