Mission control rooms often have a large map of the Earth (or other body being orbited) with a track of the orbit of the spacecraft. What type of map projection is commonly used for these displays?

  • $\begingroup$ some images here and here and here $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 7:47

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Equirectangular. Note that in all of the images that uhoh linked (a b c), the grid squares on the map are the same size and shape at all points on the map.

Here's an example from this question, apparently showing a screen from the ISS MCC:

Main Screen in the ISS Mission Control Center

also showing how all the grid elements are the same shape in all places on the map, though they're not squares here.


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