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Life-time of an Artificial Earth Satellite

Nature volume 180, page 1413 (21 December 1957) | Download Citation

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IN view of the recent widespread interest in the life-time of an artificial Earth satellite, a simple expression is derived here which predicts the approximate life-time from initially measured values of the rate of change of height at apogee and the difference between the heights at apogee and perigee.

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  1. National Telecommunications Research Laboratory, South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, P.O. Box 10319, Johannesburg. Oct. 25.

    • J. A. FEJER

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