I have been recently acquainted with orbital mechanics and am trying to do some analysis on the subject. Since I don't have subject matter expertise, I am at a crossroads with trying to decide that how would one determine if a satellite has performed maneuver/rendezvous operation given the historical TLE data of that satellite from which we can extract the orbital elements.
Basically, as an input I have a historical TLE data for a satellite since launch. I am able to extract and/or compute any orbital parameters if needed. As an output, I want it to spit out the dates when the satellite performed maneuvers. The way I have been approaching this problem is: I take a subset of parameters extracted from the TLE data (as a time series data) and calculate long term standardized anomalies for each of those parameters. And then filter out dates when any one of those parameters had values greater than 1.5 or less than -1.5.
But there are two problems that I am facing: Firstly, I am not too sure of the parameter subset that I have chosen. And secondly, I am not sure if this is the correct way of approaching this problem. Is there any sophisticated way that people use to solve my problem?
What I'm interested in, is to find out the days when a satellite has performed maneuvers.