The algorithms used in the construction of a semi-analytical propagator for the long-term propagation of highly elliptical orbits (HEO) are described. The software propagates mean elements and include the main gravitational and non-gravitational effects that may affect common HEO orbits, as, for instance, geostationary transfer orbits or Molniya orbits. Comparisons with numerical integration show that it provides good results even in extreme orbital configurations, as the case of SymbolX.
CEAS Space Journal – Springer Journals
Published: May 12, 2017
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