The Eccentricity (e) defines how oval the satellite's orbit is. It is mathematically defined as the ratio of the orbit's focus distance (c) to the orbit's semi-major axis (a). e = c / a where e = the orbit eccentricity; The eccentricity of a satellite orbit is a unitless value that lies between 0 (circular orbit) and 1 (parabolic orbit). |
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Eccentricity Was Last Modified On May 23, 2010 |