8D30.10 - Satellite Models - Van Allen Satellite Model

Van Allen Satellite Orbit Model
Van Allen Rockoons
Explorer Backup Body
PDP Backup
Injun Backup
Hawkeye Backup
PDP Model
Hawkeye Model
Cluster I Instrument Box
Van Allen Probes Model
Spacecraft Instrumentation
Injun V Model
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Satellite Models - Van Allen Satellite Model
Van Allen satellite orbit model.

Plug in the model.  Press the button and observe a low Earth satellite orbit.

Examples of actual spacecraft are available for presentation.

Many smaller models of the larger spacecraft are also available.

  • Jeff Whittaker, "Demonstrating Circular Motion with a Model Satellite/Earth System", TPT, Vol. 46, # 4, April 2008, p. 237. 
  • "Figuring Physics", TPT, Vol. 48, # 8, Nov. 2010.
  • Jearl Walker, "1.187, Intelligence Satellites", The Flying Circus of Physics, p. 80.

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