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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How does the decaying orbit of a satellite maintain its orbit as it descends, as opposed to crashing straight back to Earth?

I understand that as a satellite in low-Earth orbit experiences atmospheric drag, it is slowed down. Therefore it no longer has the velocity to maintain its orbit at that point, as per the orbital ...
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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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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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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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How to predict Iridium Flare?

I want to find out how to predict Iridium flares, but I don't know where to start. If I know Solar position, Iridium satelites' TLE and it's shape, I need a magnitude(time) function for some place on ...
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Parallax Cloud Displacement - Angular Distance from Geostationary Satellite

When observing clouds from a geostationary satellite, they appear displaced because of the parallax effect. The satellite looks at the clouds "at an angle" and it projects them on a point of the earth ...
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Signal strength drop-off from a geosynchronous satellite as a function of angular pointing error

If we have a compact antenna used to communicate with a satellite in geosynchronous orbit somewhere between the $K_u$ and $K_a$ bands of the spectrum (for high broadband applications where we can't ...
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If most satellites in orbit were destroyed from debris, would we ever be able to recover?

Suppose enough satellites were destroyed in orbit to cause so much debris from the explosions that a chain reaction destroying other satellites took over to generating more and more debris (even ...
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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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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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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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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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Remote sensing reflectance

I am not getting something simple for reflectance for a lambertian surface when dealing with remote sensing applications. I am trying to derive the equation from ...
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How does the orbital velocity of a satellite vary for distance between the surface of earth(nearly) and more?

My physics teacher told me its the same for any distance but the formula for orbital velocity is under root of Gm/R+H so it must vary ?
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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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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 ...