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Suggestions on research paper on artificial satellites

  1. Sep 11, 2014 #1
    Hi PF community! I'm currently doing a research paper on artificial satellites, and I've made a list of things that I'm going to explain in it, but I'm worried that it won't be enough. So, I was wondering if you guys could help me to add more topics to my list and how to approach more widely to the ones I've already listed.

    List here:

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    -A bit of history
    -Theory about satellites
    • Kepler's laws applied to satellites
    • Orbital speed.
    • Orbital period
    • Types of orbits
    • Types of satellites
    -Effects of temperature on the satellite
    -Effects of spatial emptiness
    -Effects of Meteorites
    -Satellite lifetime
    -Solar interferences.
    -Different Satellite Subsystems
    -Features and effects of the propagation medium
    -Space junk
    -Nano Satellites (in-depth research interviews)

    or here:http://i.imgur.com/bN8AwEi.png

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  3. Sep 11, 2014 #2


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    How long does your research paper have to be and how deeply will you go into each topic? You have enough there to produce a multi-volume magnum opus if you want.... I wouldn't be looking for any more topics unless your professor has made it very clear that he values quantity over quality.
  4. Sep 11, 2014 #3


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  5. Sep 11, 2014 #4
    The paper should be around 35 pages or so. But the think is that I can't understand most of the information i look for because i've never studied it and it's far beyond my knowledge.

    I'd like to go very deep into nanosatellites (ways to build one, projects in progress, steps to get one into space) because I have to to an oral speech about the research and I think this could be a great way to avoid just reading the paper (I think i will struggle too because it has to be 20 min long)

    All help is really appreciated.
  6. Sep 11, 2014 #5
    What do you mean by battery issues? Thanks.
  7. Sep 11, 2014 #6


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    What type batteries should be used?

    How will they get recharged?

    Or are you using solar cells? How do you keep them pointing at the sun?

    Will the satellite work in the earths shadow when the earth blocks the sun?
  8. Sep 12, 2014 #7
    Yeah I'll add that thanks!
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