[amsat-bb] Re: Could we raise orbit thru magnetorque?
G0MRF at aol.com
Mon Feb 19 16:29:53 PST 2007
In a message dated 19/02/2007 21:50:04 GMT Standard Time,
lu7abf at amsat.org.ar writes:
In thinking on a future satellite project, this question was made.
Argument is: if when satellite is in the north, a north magnetic field is
applied on z plane, will satellite raise orbit ? Same but opposite on south.
Considering limited energy available could this raise be significant if
applied on all orbits ?.
Tks for any answer or argument.
lu7abf, Pedro Converso
lu7abf at amsat.org.ar
Ohhhh. How do you generate a north or south 'pole' in isolation? Probably
not possible so you would generate opposing forces that cancel. I realise
that you can have one pole closer to the earth than the other, but given that
the relative sizes makes the satellites magnet 'infinately small' in
comparison to the earth I think the forces would be virtually equal and opposite.
Hence magnetorquing can generate rotational forces but not 'thrusting' type
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