We investigate the significance of long time stabilty predictions in the light of Nekhoroshev's theory by studying the orbits of artificial satellites. As a simplified model problem we consider the so-called J2 problem for an earth's satellite, neglecting luni-solar perturbations and nonconservative effects. We consider a wide range of orbits, excluding those which are too close to the critical inclination. Most of the orbits turn out to be stable for times larger than the estimated age of the solar system, thus proving that, as far as dissipation can be neglected, stability in Nekhoroshev's sense may be effective for physically realistic systems.
|Titolo:||Long time stability for the main problem of artificial satellites|
GIORGILLI, ANTONIO (Ultimo)
|Data di pubblicazione:||1997|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|