16
$\begingroup$

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?

$\endgroup$
1
  • $\begingroup$ some images here and here and here $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 7:47

1 Answer 1

23
$\begingroup$

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.

$\endgroup$

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.