The Mean Motion (n) is defined as the number of orbits (revolutions) the satellite completes about the Earth in exactly 24 hours (one solar day). Theoretically, the value of the Mean Motion can be anywhere between 0 and 17 orbits per solar day. The satellite orbit's semi-major axis (a) can be found by using the following equation: a^{3} = GM / (2pn)^{2}
where a = the
Semi-Major Axis
of the
satellite's orbit; For the ISS TLE: "15.74668600" = 15.74668600 orbits per solar day (a period of 91 minutes, 27 seconds per orbit). |
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