Re: Orbital Mechanics Question.

From: tlj18@juno.com
Date: Sat May 20 2000 - 10:23:03 PDT

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    > Any force with a component  perpindicular to orbit plane,
    > causes a change in the inclination. 
    > Because the upper atmosphere has a bulk motion, relative to
    > the rotating Earth, air drag has a very small compenent
    > in this direction, which causes a barely detectable change
    > in inclination over the lifetime of a satellite. This is
    > mentioned in Desmond King-Hele's books. There have been
    > proposals to used a tethered lifting wing lowered down from
    > a satellite to get plane changes without fuel use.
    
    Is the content or detailed summaries of these proposals on the web
    somewhere?
    
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