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Problem: Orbital Period - eclipse time - Illumination time ?

  1. Oct 27, 2010 #1
    Problem: Orbital Period - eclipse time - Illumination time ??

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    An educational institute has decided to launch a small satellite having mass and volume of CubeSat specifications i.e. mass of 1.33kg and volume of 10 cm cube. Due to some launch constraints, there are three options for the target orbit of operation.

    i. 600 Km circular orbit with 40 degree inclination
    ii. 650 km Sun Synchronous orbit
    iii. 700km apogee and 200km perigee elliptical orbit with 30 degree elevation

    You are required to do the feasibility study of the above orbits to find, compare and comment on the
    following parameters (You have to submit a formal report)

    i. Orbital Period
    ii. Maximum eclipse time
    iii. Radiation effects
    iv. Orbit decay due to atmospheric drag
    v. Illumination time

    2. Relevant equations

    i. Use some standard text for the orbital calculation
    ii. Same for the eclipse period

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Not even managed to use the kaplers eq. to find the orbital period.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2010
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  3. Oct 27, 2010 #2

    Filip Larsen

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    Re: Problem: Orbital Period - eclipse time - Illumination time ??

    Sounds to me like you have some reading to do. Perhaps you should try list up the equations you do think are relevant and show what you have tried so far.
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