Orbital evolution of high-altitude balloon satellites

  title={Orbital evolution of high-altitude balloon satellites},
  author={Alexander V. Krivov and Juan Getino},
We investigate the motion of artificial satellites with large area-to-mass ratios in high-altitude low inclined orbits, perturbed simultaneously by solar radiation pressure and Earth’s oblateness. Our study is based on recent theoretical advances in circumplanetary dust dynamics (Hamilton & Krivov 1996). Applying these methods to the motion of balloon satellites, we write down and analyze the orbit-averaged equations of motion in planar approximation. Contrary to many previous works, our… CONTINUE READING
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