The geocentric distance of the satellite at Time t, r(t), can be found by using the following equation: r(t) = [ P (1+e) ] / [ 1+ecosn(t) ] Since the orbit is nearly circular (very low eccentricity), the satellite's distance from the Earth's center (r) at time t should only be slightly larger than the perigee distance:
r(t) = 7791.564499 kilometres from
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