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SMART-1 osculating orbit up to 14 December 2003

SMART-1 osculating orbit up to 14 December 2003

Date: 15 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 two weeks time.

From the start, the electric propulsion system has managed to increase the semi-major axis of the orbit by 7856 km, increasing the perigee altitude from the original 656 km to 8097 km and the orbital period by five and a half hours, from the initial 10 hours 41 minutes to the present 16 hours 11 minutes.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
23-Jun-2024 01:06 UT

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