Re: request for your help = a option I would like to see added to satellite tracker

From: Scott Tilley via Seesat-l <>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:17:44 -0800
Ted shared a gem with me off list as we chased USA 161 around during the 
summer of 2011 about planar searches.  His elegantly simple paragraph 
has always stuck in my mind.

"You asked about planar searching last night. Often we know most of the 
elements of an orbit fairly accurately, with the main uncertainty being 
the object's position in the orbit, i.e. mean anomaly. That being the 
case immediately after a new launch, before we have located the object, 
or due to the accumulation of perturbations after a long spell of 
invisibility, or after a manoeuvre of modest size."

So vary the mean anomaly in some reasonable steps in a massaged 
generated TLE with the other more stable elements and follow the plane 
as you search.

I used this knowledge to make up manual element sets and search for the 
missing USA 161.  In the end it turned out USA 161 out smarted us and 
brute force was required to find it as it was making many maneuvers but 
the lesson about planar searches stuck.

Cees' sattools automates this function when needed.


On 2/11/2016 2:07 PM, C. Bassa via Seesat-l wrote:
> Hi Kevin,
> Ted explained it quite well in this post:
> This animated GIF visualizes the motion of the orbital plane of a sun
> synchronous orbit at 450 km altitude.
> This is made from my implementation of a planar search in my skymap
> software. I'd be happy to put the math into a document such that
> others can implement it for their software.
> Regards,
>      Cees
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