Relative motion of orbiting bodies

Eugene I. Butikov
St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia

(Received 3 February 2000; accepted 10 July 2000) A problem of relative motion of orbiting bodies is investigated on the example of the free motion of any body ejected from the orbital station that stays in a circular orbit around the earth. An elementary approach is illustrated by a simulation computer program and supported by a mathematical treatment based on approximate differential equations of the relative orbital motion.

2001 American Association of Physics Teachers.


DOI: 10.1119/1.1313520
PACS: 01.50.-i, 45.50.Pk, 95.10.Ce


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