On the orbital eccentricity control of synchronous satellites
Abstract
Two strategies for the control of the mean orbital eccentricity of synchronous satellites within a specified tolerance have been examined. The first strategy consists of biasing the mean eccentricity vector relative to the sun such that its magnitude reduces to zero at the middle of the eastwest drift cycle. The second strategy consists of biasing the mean eccentricity vector relative to the sun such that its magnitude at the beginning and at the end of the eastwest drift cycle is equal to the maximum tolerance. The second strategy is shown to cost less in terms of velocity change than the first strategy in connection with eastwest stationkeeping operations.
 Publication:

AIAA, Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
 Pub Date:
 August 1981
 Bibcode:
 1981aiaa.confV....K
 Keywords:

 Astrodynamics;
 Eccentric Orbits;
 Orbit Perturbation;
 Satellite Control;
 Satellite Orbits;
 Solar Radiation;
 Synchronous Satellites;
 Gravitational Effects;
 Orbit Calculation;
 Radiation Pressure;
 Stationkeeping;
 Astrodynamics