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Unstable Elliptical Orbit

  1. Jul 22, 2010 #1
    A satellite is in an unstable elliptical orbit around the earth. Is there a way of tracking each satellite's orbit till it reaches the critical stage then follows it's reentry path?
    r=a*(1-e^2)/(1+e*cos(True Anomaly))

    Book recommendations welcome. College educated.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2010
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  3. Jul 24, 2010 #2

    Filip Larsen

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    You may want to search the net for "satellite orbital decay".

    For a short description of orbital decay (and many other things) I can fully recommend Spaceflight Dynamics by W. E. Wiesel from McGraw-Hill, http://www.mcgraw-hill.com.au/html/9780070701106.html [Broken]
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