Chapter 3. Satellite Launch and In-Orbit Operations

  1. Anil K. Maini and
  2. Varsha Agrawal

Published Online: 30 NOV 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057902.ch3

Satellite Technology: Principles and Applications

Satellite Technology: Principles and Applications

How to Cite

Maini, A. K. and Agrawal, V. (2006) Satellite Launch and In-Orbit Operations, in Satellite Technology: Principles and Applications, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470057902.ch3

Author Information

  1. Laser Science and Technology Centre, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 NOV 2006
  2. Published Print: 1 DEC 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470033357

Online ISBN: 9780470057902



  • satellite launch and in-orbit operations;
  • acquiring desired orbit;
  • typical launch sequences;
  • geostationary satellite launch sequences;
  • Space Shuttle launch;
  • satellite stabilization and spin stabilization;
  • Station keeping - satellite's orbit maintenance;
  • Earth station's azimuth and elevation angles;
  • earth coverage and ground tracks


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Acquiring the Desired Orbit

  • Launch Sequence

  • Satellite Stabilization

  • Eclipses

  • Earth Station's Azimuth and Elevation Angles

  • Earth Coverage and Ground Tracks

  • Further Reading

  • Glossary