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Questions tagged [n-body-problem]

Questions involving determining the orbital mechanics considering the gravitational interactions of n (number) of bodies.

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How to determine an algorithm for Low Earth Orbit propagation, considering perturbation from the moon, sun, etc?

I'm trying to determine an algorithm for orbit propagation for a satellite on LEO, with high accuracy in a six month time ...
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Many moons in same orbit

Is it possible to have a stable orbit comprised of many moons(>2) that keep themselves roughly equal distance apart? Sort of like Epimetheus and Janus around Saturn but comprised of many moons. The ...
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What, if any, libration points exist in systems of multiple orbiting bodies?

Are there libration points in a restricted 4-body problem (system of three orbiting bodies of significant mass, plus the libration point orbiting body)? If so, how many of them exist and where are ...
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Didn't Wernher von Braun understand Kepler's laws in 1955?

Please watch 45 seconds of this demonstration performed by no one less than Wernher von Braun himself! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZImSTxbglI#t=1800 The numbers along the illustrated ellipse ...