Physics Unit 5: Satellite Orbits

Study of satellite orbits

LEO and Sun Synchronous orbiting satellites – NASA

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Satellite+Positions+around+Earth&Form=VQFRVP#view=detail&mid=FF41A5F288B15E63DE78FF41A5F288B15E63DE78

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

OCO


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

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=OCO+instrument&go=Submit&qs=n&form=QBVR&pq=oco+instrument&sc=8-14&sp=-1&sk=#view=detail&mid=AF14072B1C8759CB699AAF14072B1C8759CB699A

Van Allen Belts

James Webb