

Article
Orbital effects of the Magnus force on a spinning spherical satellite in a rarefied atmosphere
Authors: 
Borg, K., Söderholm, L. H. S. 
Document Type: 
Article 
Pubstate: 
Published 
Journal: 
European Journal of Mechanics B/Fluids 
Volume: 
27
62331 
Year: 
2008 
AbstractThe effects of the Magnus force on a spinning sphere in a Kepler orbit is investigated using perturbation theory. The result is that the plane of the Kepler orbit will rotate with the angular velocity alpha mn/(4rho)omega, where alpha is the accommodation coefficient of tangential momentum, m and n are the mass and number density of the surrounding gas, and where rho and omega are the mean density and the angular velocity of the sphere.

