Physics Unit 5: Satellite Orbits

Study of satellite orbits

LEO and Sun Synchronous orbiting satellites – NASA

A train clouds ( map of A train satellites at 1:54)


Q: What is the orbital altitude or height of the A train.
Q: Based on this orbital height, calculate the orbital period of a satellite in the A train.
Challenge Q: compute the angular field of view needed to completely map the earth every 18 days.
OCO swath

Van Allen Belts

James Webb