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Binary Star System

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A simulation of orbital trajectories using the d3-force simulation engine with the gravity-like d3-force-magnetic attraction force.

By default the layout represents a binary system. All the stars (red nodes) have the same mass and their attraction influence on the satellite (blue node) is proportional to the inverse-square of the distance. The stars are statically positioned and remain unaffected by either the satellite or other stars. Stars can be added and removed by double-clicking on canvas/nodes. All nodes can also be repositioned by dragging.

The initial velocity (and direction) of the satellite can be changed using the controls on the top-right. The length of the pre-estimated trajectory can be manipulated by changing the number of samples (represented as dots).

See also Single Orbital Trajectory.