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A Keplerian approach to angles-only orbit determination
Author(s): Patrick J. Vitarius; Daniel Hahs; Don A. Gregory
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Paper Abstract

A method is derived from Kepler's laws of motion allowing the determination of slant range for orbiting targets given monocular angles-only measurements. The method is shown to work without knowledge of three parameters: universal gravitational constant, mass of the central body, and time scale. Monte Carlo trials with noisy data sets, however, show that the method is much more sensitive to measurement noise than competing methods that require knowledge of these parameters.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6220, Spaceborne Sensors III, 62200M (19 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.683828
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Patrick J. Vitarius, Freel Innovations, Inc. (United States)
Daniel Hahs, Freel Innovations, Inc. (United States)
Don A. Gregory, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6220:
Spaceborne Sensors III
Richard T. Howard; Robert D. Richards, Editor(s)

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