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SMART-1 osculating orbit up to 8 December 2003

SMART-1 osculating orbit up to 8 December 2003


Date: 08 December 2003
Satellite: SMART-1
Copyright: ESA

In this diagram the GTO, the osculating orbits at launch and at different times are plotted. The large orbit, marked 'final', is the one we expect to achieve at the end of the radiation belt escape in about one month.

From the start, the electric propulsion system has managed to increase the semi-major axis of the orbit by 6750 km, increasing the perigee altitude from the original 656 km to 7012 km and the orbital period by more than four and a half hours, from the initial 10 hours 41 minutes to the present 15 hours 22 minutes.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
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