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Orbital effects of the Magnus force on a spinning spherical satellite in a rarefied atmosphere
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics.
2008 (English)In: European journal of mechanics. B, Fluids, ISSN 0997-7546, E-ISSN 1873-7390, Vol. 27, no 5, 623-631 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The effects of the Magnus force on a spinning sphere in a Keplerian orbit is investigated using perturbation theory. The result is that the plane of the orbit will rotate with the angular velocity - 1/4 alpha(tau)mn/rho(S)omega, where alpha(tau) is the accommodation coefficient of tangential momentum, m and It are the mass and number density of the surrounding gas, and where rho S and omega are the mean density and the angular velocity of the sphere. It is shown that under reasonable assumptions, for a spinning satellite in the Earth's atmosphere, this effect is small.

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2008. Vol. 27, no 5, 623-631 p.
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satellite orbit, kinetic theory, transversal force, perturbation theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-17782DOI: 10.1016/j.euromechflu.2007.11.001ISI: 000258752500009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-47549113254OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-17782DiVA: diva2:335827
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QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05Bibliographically approved

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