LEOrbit: A program to calculate parameters relevant to modeling Low Earth Orbit spacecraft–plasma interaction

Published: 1 March 2013| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/5j2b45ktvr.1
R. Marchand, D. Purschke, J. Samson


Abstract Understanding the physics of interaction between satellites and the space environment is essential in planning and exploiting space missions. Several computer models have been developed over the years to study this interaction. In all cases, simulations are carried out in the reference frame of the spacecraft and effects such as charging, the formation of electrostatic sheaths and wakes are calculated for given conditions of the space environment. In this paper we present a program used to co... Title of program: LEOrbit Catalogue Id: AENY_v1_0 Nature of problem Compute magnetic field components, direction of the sun, sun visibility factor and approximate plasma parameters in the reference frame of a Low Earth Orbit satellite. Versions of this program held in the CPC repository in Mendeley Data AENY_v1_0; LEOrbit; 10.1016/j.cpc.2012.10.021 This program has been imported from the CPC Program Library held at Queen's University Belfast (1969-2018)



Computational Physics, Plasma Physics, Computational Method