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Secular Effect of Geomagnetic Field and Gravitational Waves on Earth’s Satellite Orbits

DOI: 10.4236/jamp.2019.78116, PP. 1697-1705

Keywords: Gravitational Waves, Earth’s Magnetic Field, Perturbations, Orbital Mechanics

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In this work we study the perturbation and the change in the orbital elements due to the earth’s magnetic field and the gravitational waves. The acceleration components are derived in the radial, transverse to it and normal to the orbital plane. The equation for the rates of variation of the elements is formed and solved to find the secular variation in the element for polar and equatorial satellites.

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