I am currently trying to implement station keeping maneuvers for a geosynchronous satellite in orbit around Earth using the General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT) but I am not managing.

I know there are 2 main maneuvers: East-West to correct longitude drift, and North-South to correct inclination but I am not managing to implement these in GMAT.

I have reviewed GMAT's documentation and seen followed the code example for LEO station keeping, which is provided in the samples folder when downloading GMAT, but this deals with altitude station keeping as it is a LEO orbit.

I have also followed an STK tutorial: for maintaining GEO orbit, but am having trouble translating the logic into GMAT's mission section.

Any help or insight provided would be greatly appreciated.

  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately the last time a GMAT-tagged question was answered was in August 2022. If you do find an answer, please let us know; we could use more GMAT-knowledgeable folks here. $\endgroup$
    – Erin Anne
    Commented Mar 29, 2023 at 22:38
  • $\begingroup$ It highly depends on your satellite and mission (chemical or electric propulsion). You should precisely follow the finite or impulsive burn methods for your specific mission. As far as I know @ChrisR has very high knowledge on GMAT. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 30, 2023 at 12:42
  • $\begingroup$ You may follow this space.stackexchange.com/questions/17661/… to learn about more N/S GEO maneuvers. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 30, 2023 at 20:09
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you very much, I will look into this. $\endgroup$
    – Torus403
    Commented Mar 31, 2023 at 20:11


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