The paper offers a partial view of the results of analysing the orbits of the first satellites, particularly Sputniks 1 and 2. The topics discussed include the zonal harmonics in the Earth's gravitational field and three features of the upper atmosphere - the air density and its variations; the scale height and temperature; and the zonal winds.
- Pub Date:
- July 1983
- Artificial Satellites:Earth Atmosphere;
- Artificial Satellites:Orbits;
- Earth Atmosphere:Artificial Satellites;
- Orbits:Artificial Satellites