[amsat-bb] Re: Could we raise orbit thru magnetorque?
John Mock KD6PAG
kd6pag at amsat.org
Tue Feb 20 07:47:27 PST 2007
> 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 ?.
I believe magnetorquing can only change the orientation of a satellite and
not its orbit. It is certainly used in the process of changing an orbit,
in order to get a thrusting device pointing in a direction where it will
do something useful. But by itself, it can't change an orbit. It can help
point antennas in the proper direction, etc.
-- KD6PAG (Networking Old-Timer, Satellite QRPer)
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