Satellite is a generic descriptor for any body that orbits a much larger body. The term commonly refers to objects orbiting planets, like artificial satellites and moons, but it can sometimes also refer to planets, small stars, satellite galaxies, and other objects.

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Vibrational noise for scientific apparatus on a satellite

Say we're running an experiment on a satellite in some earth orbit. For example, maybe we're imaging something with transmission electron microscope or we're catching atoms in ion traps --- really ...
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Build a ring around Earth, then remove the supports

What would happen if we decided to build a giant ring that managed to wrap around the whole world, end to end that was supported with pillars all along the ring and then the supports all suddenly ...
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Earth “satellite” breadcrumb: Have we ever placed an object orbiting our Sun and the Sun only?

Have we ever placed an object orbiting our Sun and the Sun only? like a breadcrumb of our orbit... I was reading about VLA for satellites and wouldn't this breadcrumb be a viable solution to create a ...
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If the ionosphere reflects radio waves then why use satellites?

Please explain the main physical advantages of using satellites for communication as I'm sure there are many.
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Calculate orbit height from tangential velocity

Is it possible to calculate the altitude of a satellite orbiting a planet, just from the planet's mass and the satellite's velocity, assuming that the satellite is in a perfect circular orbit? If so, ...
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Calculate orbital changes after acceleration

With the vis-viva equation I can calculate the orbital speed at any position on the ellipse. I want to calculate the opposite way. Assume a satellite with an apogee of 600km and a perigee of 400km is ...
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Cancelling special & general relativistic effects

We know that for a GPS we need to make a correction for both general and special relativity: general relativity predicts that clocks go slower in a higher gravitational field (the clock aboard a GPS ...
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Time flow difference for satellites [duplicate]

Clocks in satellites have to be adjusted due to the effects of relativity; but does time for satellites (GPS) flow slower, due to the relative motion, or faster, due to the weaker amount of ...
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from control torque to magnetic moment

I am designing a system which generates a magnetic field to make itself move in space (a cubesat with magnetorquers). This magnetic field is known as the magnetic control torque, i.e. it will torque ...
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What is the particle distribution in Saturn's Ring System?

In watching the scientifically scream-inducing film/movie 'Interstellar', there was a shot of the spacecraft moving through the Rings of Saturn. In this shot, and in every graphical representation of ...
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Why aren't satellites increasing speed because of gravitational acceleration?

Satellites orbiting the earth are experiencing almost as strong gravitation as we do, but they don't hit the earth because of their velocity outwards and the earth's curvature. But if they're ...
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Would Special Relativity Predict Time Dilation of a Geostationary Satellite Compared to an Observer on Earth?

Consider a geostationary satellite at some arbitrary distance above the Earth's equator and consider a person directly below it, standing on the Earth's equator. Both satellite and person exist on the ...
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Can you see a solar eclipse from the International Space Station?

Inspired by last week's solar eclipse, I'm wondering under what conditions one can see a total solar eclipse from the ISS. How often does it happen? I guess it doesn't last very long because of the ...
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Collision of two satellites

In a theoretical situation in which two identical satellites travelling around the Earth in opposite directions collided head on so that there velocities relative to the earth both became 0, would ...
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Can small chunks of cosmic matter revolve around artificial satellites in space?

I have always studied that where there is a body with mass, there is gravitational pull. So can small chunks (or dust) of cosmic matter revolve around artificial satellites in space? Or rather are ...
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Transmitting to and from low earth orbit?

I'm a hobbyist and I'm currently thinking about building a Cubesat. I'm currently designing PCBs, casing, etc. I was wondering what variables are involved with sending data to and from 250km - 350km ...
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Are the value of velocity and height constant for geostationary satellite?

We know that generally for geostationary station T=24 hours, h=3.6x10⁴km, R=6400 km, and velocity is 3.1 km/s. I think this values are stationary for geostationary satellite. Let we want to place a ...
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Satellites and gravitation

A satellite with mass $m$ orbits a planet of mass $M$ in a circular path with radius $r$ and velocity $v$. Due to some internal technical failure, the satellite breaks into two, similar parts with ...
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How do we stabilise satellites so precisely?

Look at the Hubble Ultra Deep Field photo. The stars in it are on the order of 1 arcsecond across. To an order of magnitude, this is $10^{-6}$ radians in a $10\text m$ telescope which was held steady ...
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How long can a satellite stay in orbit? [duplicate]

Well, obviously billions of years if it is the moon. Or not very long if it is only 100km above the Earth, due to atmospheric drag. Also, how long it stays up would depend on density ie how much ...
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Regarding satellites and their 'safety'

Are satellites nowadays designed so that if one fails or its orbit degrades the scientists involved can send it various codes so that it will starts to 'beak-up' into smaller and smaller parts where ...
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Physics of tidal locking: can the process be underdamped?

Is it possible for a satellite undergoing the process to overshoot the required rotation rate for tidal locking? For example, if its rotation rate is being slowed, can it become slower than it needs ...
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Reasons for decaying orbit for satellites and spacecrafts

As per newton's law, unless a force is applies, moving objects will continue to move in a straight line. A satellite which speeds at around 17.5k mph would be travelling in a straight line considering ...
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How could the lifetime of a low earth orbit satellite be extended [closed]

How could the lifetime of a low earth orbit satellite be extended? I am studying for a test and wish to know a few methods. Thanks. Edit: You are allowed to work with anything related to the ...
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Cooling a satellite

Satellites are isolated systems, the only way for it to transfer body heat to outer space is thermal radiation. There are solar panels, so there is continuous energy flow to inner system. No airflow ...
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Finding the potential energy of a geosynchronous satellite above earth [closed]

I am trying to find the gravitational potential energy of a 1kg geostationary satellite above the earth. So far: $E=mgh$, and $g=GM/r^2$ so substitution of $g$ into the energy equation gives: ...
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How did the Huygens probe use EM waves to measure wind speeds on Titan?

In the Wikipedia's article on Huygens spacecraft, it was mentioned that one of the experiments was to measure the wind speeds on Titan by Doppler wind experiment. To quote the exact lines, it was ...
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Reg position of satellite

Is it possible to put an artificial satellite into an orbit in such a way that it will always remain direct over a city (I mean at any specific place)?
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How to calculate orbital eccentricity from the ratio of satellites' velocities?

I have a problem with working out how to calculate the orbital eccentricity from the ratio of two satellites' linear velocities. We know that two satellites encircles the Earth in two elliptical ...
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Newton's gravity formulas for ellipses

A few times I've come across formulas, which are identical for circular and elliptical orbits, except that for the second ones you substitute $r$ with $a$, where $r$ is the radius of a circular orbit ...
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Do satellites need to have their orbits externally maintained? [duplicate]

Is the speed of a satellite self maintained ? Or it needs anything to be done externally ? Condition : The satellite is in the orbit where it is held in equilibrium by the force of gravity and its ...
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Martian space elevator from the vulcano Olympus Mon to the moon Phobos?

In my fascinating imagination, I am seeing a space elevator from the vulcano Olympus Mon to the moon Phobos. Phobos also seems to keep spaceships - while a smaller shuttle attaches itself to the ...
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Calculating change in gravitational potential energy [closed]

A satellite mass $500\ kg$ is elevated from altitude $10000\ km$ to altitude $20000\ km$. Radius of earth is $6378\ km$. Mass of earth is $5.97 \cdot 10^{24}\ kg$. Gravity is given to be $9.81\ m/s $ ...
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Why is the Earth's moon so big?

It could just be me, but it seems like our Moon is WAY bigger than it should be for a planet of our size. If you look at satellite-to-planet mass ratios for the largest moons of Jupiter, Saturn, ...
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Escape velocity of satellites

I know that the equation for it is $$v^2 = \frac{2GM}{r},$$ and with that, the rocket should be launched at that speed. But could it go much slower spending much more fuel to escape from gravity ...
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Acceleration due to gravity?

I was looking into orbitals and found something I haven't been able to understand. http://www.math.ubc.ca/~cass/courses/m309-01a/hunter/satelliteOrbits.html There is a part on the page which states ...
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What is the constant $K_1$ in these orbital equations?

I want to compute the derivatives of argument of periapsis and longitude of the ascending node of the orbit of a GPS satellite from the following formula. $$\frac{d\Omega}{dt} = -K \cos{i} \\ ...
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Getting first and second time derivative of mean motion of spacecraft - without TLE?

The Celestrak website provides information on reading the TLE ( Two-Line Element Set ) format. In Line 1, Column 34-43 & 45-52 give information about ...
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How to determine satellite position in J2000 from latitude, longitude and distance from Earth?

Due to my task of writing orbit prediction routines I am trying to understand the reference frames better and how to use them ( particularly for Earth orbits ). I think I get the idea of what ECI ...
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How does acceleration affect the orbit?

I want to know what roughly happens if we hit an orbiting body a little. And how is it possible that most of the objects have seemingly circular orbits around. How do they stabilize? I ask because it ...
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Is it possible to have a geostationary satellite over the poles?

My understanding of orbital mechanics is very limited, but as I understand geostationary satellite, they stay in place by having an orbital speed corresponding to the spot they're orbiting over. So ...
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Is there a small enough planet or asteroid you can orbit by jumping?

I just had this idea of orbiting a planet just by jumping and then flying upon it on its orbit kind of like superman. So, Would it be theoretically possible or is there a chance of that small body to ...
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Orbital speed in an elliptic orbit [duplicate]

I want to have a general solution for calculating orbits. Wikipedia says how to put object on circle orbit. We must give it speed $v_1 = \sqrt{g(h_o +R)} $ Where $h_o$ - is the orbit height, and $R$ ...
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Is “atmospheric geostationary satellite” feasible with current technology?

Meaning by "atmospheric geostationary satellite" a vehicle capable of hovering 30 km above Earth surface, hence insde atmosphere, for unlimited time, making use of air propellers, solar panels and ...
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How does my car acquire satellite signal? [closed]

I just got XM radio again after a brief period without it. A customer service rep said that the satellite needs to beam my signal to me in a six minute time window. How exactly does this happen? How ...
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Is GNSS-based positioning trilateration or multilateration, and why?

According to the Wikipedia article on GNSS positioning calculation, GNSS-based positioning needs $t_\text{satellite}−t_\text{receiver}$ for a series of satellites, along with the satellite positions. ...
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Voyager Golden Record

Has there been any subsequent researches or any respond from deep outer space in any type of form with these images and sounds?
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Compute and plot satellite position on 2D Earth map

I would like to create a simple satellite tracking software, that will compute the position of a satellite at any time, and show its location on a 2D map of Earth. Let's assume it is possible to ...
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Could an orbiting mass generate power?

If an heavy object (e.g. 10 tons) orbiting around Earth at 370 miles high, is connected with a cable back to Earth, we assumed either Earth is going to pull the mass or vice versa (or it will fall ...
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Ground velocity of satellite

I was wondering whether there is a simple formula in order to calculate the ground velocity (the velocity with which the satellite is moving along the planet's surface) on basis of the orbital ...