An efficient method for searching periodic orbits in Earth observation missions

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Frozen orbits are required for Earth observational missions, where the trace is repeated on the surface after a certain number of revolutions. The design of those missions is facilitated with the method we present here, which permits us to calculate families of periodic orbits in a reference system that rotates with the Earth. An application to the TOPEX/POSEIDON orbit is presented.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Real Observatorio de la Armada, 11110 San Fernando, Spain 2: Dpt. Geología, Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50009 Zaragoza, Spain 3: Grupo de Mecánica Espacial, Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50009 Zaragoza, Spain

Publication date: August 1, 2003

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