A numerical comparison of atmospheric density models for near- earth satellite motion
The effect of the atmosphere on near-earth satellites is evaluated by consideration of the drag perturbation and the associated dispersion parameters. Recommendations are made for each of these dispersion parameters. The recommendation concerning the density is that a dynamic density model be utilized instead of a static model. Included are numerical comparisons which quantify the error in predicted satellite positions which can occur due to an inferior density model alone. These comparisons are made for a variety of satellite orbits.