Re: TLE generation

Programer (progrmer@max.tiac.net)
Thu, 19 Oct 1995 01:01:55 -0400 (EDT)

On Wed, 18 Oct 1995 augustine@lfs.loral.com wrote:

> I have a need for a utility/algorithm which can synthesize a TLE. I'm
> only interested in the simple case of a hypothetical geosynchronous
> satellite over a known lat and long. Can anyone recommend such a tool
> or a method for generating a TLE? I'd like the TLE to represent the
> satellite with very little deg/day drift and an inclination of just a
> few degrees.

they are easy to just type up yourself or you have can STS Orbits Plus 
let you type in the numbers and it'll output a TLE w/those numbers in it, 
just read up a bit or ask someone what each of the terms mean...

if you want little or no drag make the drag terms 0, if you want a 
geostationary set the mean motion to 1, if you want a low inclentation 
make it between 0 & 1, if you need it to be at a curtain lat & lon at a 
curtain time just figure out what RAN would give you that...etc etc etc

Marek
progrmer@tiac.net
http://www.cs.brandeis.edu/~progrmer