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Stability of Icy moon orbits
The stability of an orbit around our own moon is mostly dependent on the distribution of mass inside the moon itself; a number of anomalous mass concentrations are present, making low orbits unstable. I would expect higher orbits to be a little more stable.

If there are any mascons on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn I haven't heard of them - but a reasonably high orbit, more than 1000km say, should be okay for a while. General opinion seems to be that any satelite of these moons would need to perform station keeping over time; see

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Stability of Icy moon orbits - by Fsci123 - 01-16-2015, 08:41 AM
RE: Stability of Icy moon orbits - by stevebowers - 01-16-2015, 06:46 PM
RE: Stability of Icy moon orbits - by Dalex - 01-17-2015, 04:31 AM

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