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Orbital Mechanics?

  1. May 2, 2015 #1

    After searching on the internet, I have come to the conclusion that there is no completely general way to calculate the position of an orbiting body. My question is whether there is a way to find the equations of motion with respect to time of a satellite orbit given only the initial tangential velocity, distance from the central mass, and mass of the satellite. If there is, I would appreciate a derivation of the equation.

    Thank you.
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  3. May 2, 2015 #2
  4. May 2, 2015 #3
    you are looking for paticular object?
  5. May 9, 2015 #4
    If you ignore the mass of the satellite, its easy, its rotation rate = v / r (radians per second)

    If you had the mass of the orbited body:
    Using the attached word document, given both masses, and the centre to centre distance, you can derive what you need, if not you may get some mileage from it anyway.

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