Satellite drag models: Current status and prospects

F. A. Marcos, C. R. Baker, J. N. Bass, T. L. Killeen, R. G. Roble

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Recent developments in satellite drag modeling are reviewed to provide an updated assessment and to identify potential areas of improvement. Effects of neutral density, winds and drag coefficients are examined. Empirical neutral density model accuracies have quantitatively improved little over the past 30 years. Models based on first principles can circumvent many limitations of empirical models. Techniques that permit utilization of this approach are being analyzed. Forthcoming satellite and ground-based measurement programs can lead to eventual significant improvements in model accuracies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
PublisherPubl by Univelt Inc
Number of pages21
Editionpt 2
ISBN (Print)0877033803
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Conference. Part 2 (of 3) - Victoria, BC, Can
Duration: Aug 16 1993Aug 19 1993

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Numberpt 2
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


OtherProceedings of the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Conference. Part 2 (of 3)
CityVictoria, BC, Can

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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