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In this paper, we consider a satellite orbiting in a Manev gravitational potential under the influence of an atmospheric drag force that varies with the square of velocity. Using an exponential atmosphere that varies with the orbital altitude of the satellite, we examine a circular orbit scenario. In particular, we derive expressions for the change in satellite radial distance as a function of the drag force parameters and obtain numerical results. The Manev potential is an alternative to the Newtonian potential that has a wide variety of applications, in astronomy, astrophysics, space dynamics, classical physics, mechanics, and even atomic physics.


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