A&A 437, 333-338 (2005)
A simple intermediary orbit for the J problemP. Oberti
Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, BP 4229, 06304 Nice Cedex 4, France
(Received 22 November 2004 / Accepted 21 February 2005 )
A simple precessing ellipse suitable for satellites with moderate eccentricities and inclinations is built in the Hamiltonian context of the J2 problem. Easy to use as a first intermediary orbit, it provides a substantially closer starting point for series expansions than the regular Keplerian ellipse.
Key words: planets and satellites: general -- celestial mechanics
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