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Which LEO satellite lost over 30 km of altitude in the geomagnetic storm of 13-14 March 1989?

This answer includes the following information: During the great geomagnetic storm of 13-14 March 1989, tracking of thousands of space objects was lost and it took North American Defense Command (...
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Starman/Roadster in a=1.795 AU orbit, now what's the method to this madness?

The question SpaceX's 4,425 satellite constellation - what's the method to the madness? received an excellent answer explaining the rationality behind the madness plan. Elon Musk's tweet (spotted ...
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How to generate TLE file?

Subsequently to this answer: What is the way of generation of TLE file for a satellite? How to deal with BSTAR drag term, mean orbital elements, etc.? The generated TLE will be used as the input for ...
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How can I calculate if a satellite is currently in sunlight or eclipse using pyEphem or Skyfield (preferred)?

I'd like to add this to some existing python scripts to model cubesat battery life and payload temperature but the math escapes me.
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How to calculate cone angle between two satellites given their look angles?

I have the azimuth, elevation and distance of 2 satellites relative to a ground station, defined by latitude and longitude, as I've discussed in my previous question. I'm using the satellites' TLEs ...
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TLE data conversion to osculating orbit elements [closed]

I got the latest TLE from www.celestrak.com for a satellite. How could I convert it to osculating elements? Please, share some links/references.
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Why can Amazônia-1 observe the Amazon "every day or two" while Landsat takes 16 days between observations? Is "orbital magic" at play here?

The news item in Science Brazil’s first homemade satellite will put an extra eye on dwindling Amazon forests says: Right now, Brazil’s Amazon monitoring program relies on flyovers from the U.S. ...
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Determining GEO Orbital Slot from TLE

I'm trying to figure out the equation based on TLE data which orbital slot a GEO satellites occupies. I have the TLE data imported into R and I wish to know what satellites are in adjoining GEO ...
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Visualising orbits from different viewpoints in Python

I have a python program that I use to visualise a planetary orbital system. I convert the orbits to xyz coordinates and then have a basic orrery that views the system from 'above', by simply plotting ...
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How do SDP4's "Deep space" corrections to SGP4 account for the Sun's and Moon's gravity?

The Simplified Perturbations model SGP4 is used to calculate Earth satellite state vectors (position and velocity) using standard ephemeris data encoded as TLEs (Two Line Elements). According to ...
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How to calculate the orbital distance between 2 satellites given the TLEs

I have 2 LEO satellites with the same orbital plane with same inclination & longitude of the ascending node. I have the TLEs for each satellite. How do I calculate the orbital distance between the ...
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Propagating satellites without TLE in python

I know how to propagate satellites in python using ephem module (that uses TLE data). However, I am not sure how I would do the same for my own set of orbital ...
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How do I obtain geocentric position vectors at three successive times before I use Gibbs' method?

I would like to try out Gibbs' method of preliminary orbit determination, which requires that from observations of a space object at the three successive times $t_1$, $t_2$ and $t_3$ ($t_1 < t_2 &...
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How can I plot a precessing orbital plane of an artificial satellite on a polar plot from a TLE in Python?

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 ...
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Where can I find data on satellite orbits?

I'm an enthusiast who'd like access to satellite orbital data to simulate / plot trajectories of manmade satellites (of any kind) on my home computer. Where's the best place for me to find this kind ...