Journal of Systems Engineering and Electronics ›› 2009, Vol. 20 ›› Issue (1): 141-145.

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Shift control method for the local time at descending node based on sun-synchronous orbit satellite

Yang Yong’an1,2, Feng Zuren1, Sun Linyan1 & Tan Wei2   

  1. 1. Xi’an Jiaotong Univ., Xi’an 710049, P. R. China;
    2. Xi’an Satellite Control Center, Xi’an 710043, P. R. China
  • Online:2009-02-18 Published:2010-01-03


This article analyzes the shift factors of the descending node local time for sun-synchronous satellites and proposes a shift control method to keep the local time shift within an allowance range. It is found that the satellite orbit design and the orbit injection deviation are the causes for the initial shift velocity, whereas the atmospheric drag and the sun gravitational perturbation produce the shift acceleration. To deal with these shift factors, a shift control method is put forward, through such methods as orbit variation design, orbit altitude, and inclination keeping control. The simulation experiment and practical application have proved the effectiveness of this control method.