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## Circular orbital speed and period as a function of altitude for LEO

mu = 398600; % Earth’s gravitational parameter [km^3/s^2]

R_earth = 6378; % Earth radius [km] % Plot the speed and period of a satellite in circular LEO as a function % of altitude % Low Earth orbit(LEO) h = 160:1:2000; %[km] v = (mu./(R_earth+h)).^0.5; %[km/s] T = 2*pi*(R_earth+h).^1.5/mu^0.5; %[s] T = T/60; %[min] % Plots figure(1); hold on;grid on; plot(h,v); xlabel('Altitude [km]'); ylabel('Speed [km/s]'); title('Circular orbital speed as a function of altitude,LEO'); figure(2); hold on;grid on; plot(h,T); xlabel('Altitude [km]'); ylabel('Period [min]'); title('Circular orbital period as a function of altitude,LEO');