How can I plot the orbital plane of an artificial satellite on a polar plot from a TLE in Python?

Very new to all of this. As I understand it I need to extract TLE's from Space-track.org. Then use this TLE to create a plot of the orbit plane in a polar plot.

I'm looking in particular at the CHAMP satellite. The orbit plane itself changes as a function of time so ideally I would also like to plot the progression of this orbit plane as a function of time. I.e. snapshots of the orbit plane at certain times.

If you need any clarification or have any questions please ask. Any help would be greatly appreciated thanks!

  • $\begingroup$ This answer shows how plot one orbit from one TLE using Python. You would have to modify it to show a plane rather than the orbit, and then run it at regular intervals to generate a sequence of planes. However, you may need to use multiple TLEs since their predictive accuracy degrades quickly with time. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Mar 11, 2018 at 4:03


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