Questions tagged [propagation]

This tag is used for questions related to the prediction of objects in orbit, or in the prediction of evolutions of orbits, using various orbital-mechanic models such as: "two-body", NORAD's SGP4/SDP4, ... and /or numerical integration algorithms.

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Ноw to configure mission sequence for propagate until desired date in GMAT?

In GMAT, I have a state of satellite for a date (for example, 24.04.2022). Now, I need to propagate its motion for some days forward, until selected date (say, 29.04.2022). I added Propagation into ...
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Issue with propagating TLE sets using SGP4

I am trying to make some analysis on conjunction events using the TLEs available from Celestrak's SOCRATES page. Take for example the following predicted event: Here's my issue: when I try to ...
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Optimizing trajectories with GMAT: how to understand the Vary parameters, and how to know what values to use for them?

I've been using GMAT in my free time to optimize trajectories, and have varied burn component values and spacecraft states, usually with success. The vary command in GMAT, with the Yukon optimizer ...
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GMAT: How do I prevent infinite propagation into the future, which causes the "requested epoch 95008.513478505 is not on the DE file" error?

I have a spacecraft I am trying to get from Earth to Mars. I use an Earth propagator until the SC is out of the Earth's sphere of influence, then a deep space propagator until Mars' sphere of ...
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Is DTM2000 density model expecting adjusted or observed solar flux?

I know two models to calculate the atmosphere density during a satellite orbit propagation. The two models are NRLMSISE-00 and DTM-2000. To feed the models I'm using Space Weather Data provided by ...
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How to propagate the orbit of a satellite analytically using Lagrange planetary equations/VOPs and compare them with numerically propagated solution?

I have propagated the orbit of a satellite from TLE elements numerically using RK4 method. But I'm bit confused when it comes to the propagation of satellite orbits using analytical approach. From ...
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How might an "imminent Starlink reentry in your area" alerting script work?

The video below Space debris over Puerto Rico (2/7/2022) SAC seems likely to show one or more reentering Starlink satellites from the 40 "Starlost" lost to atmospheric heating due to a ...
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satellite orbit propagation from initial position and velocity [duplicate]

I'm trying to get the satellite orbit at a certain time given the initial position and velocity (SGP4) say I have a TLE file that is taken in epoch:(2022-01-05 11:25:15.578) and I need to get the ...
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How is an input card for SGP4/other astro standards packages crafted?

I've read through the SGP4 documentation at least 5 times, and I swear the only reference it makes to the construction of an input card is "just look at the examples". For Sgp4Prop, it ...
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NASA GMAT: Any good tutorials or methods to learn how to use patch points and control points to come up with viable and optimal trajectories?

I'm a beginner to trajectory design, and have to use NASA's GMAT software. It's been a few weeks now, and I have done the first four tutorials and managed to create a (very unrealistic and sub-optimal)...
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calculating satellite position and velocity from TLE

I'm trying to calculate satellite orbit from the TLE set at first, I used several libraries including SGP4, Skyfiled to get the initial position and velocity of the satellite at the epoch time I know ...
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Modeling satellite attitude for propagation of orbit

I recently obtained good results with a high-precision numerical orbital propagator using a constant effective area for drag and radiation pressure. I have now become interested in checking if the ...
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Wrong position during orbit propagation in Unity

I've been working on an orbital physics module for months now, and have reached a barrier. I have two methods, one to convert from Kepler elements to planet-centric coordinates, and the other to ...
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Another look at orbits of near-Earth satellites. What is wrong in this interpretation?

In a cartesian reference frame (O,X,Y,Z), put two circles centered at the origin O, of radius a. The blue circle is perpendicular to Z. The red circle makes an angle i with the blue (cf. Fig below). ...
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For any state vector of a satellite at an arbitrary time T1, is there another state vector at a given time T2 that will result in the same orbit?

I recently found the question In a 3D space defined by semimajor axis, eccentricity and inclination, what would be the shape of the space where SDP4 works better than SGP4? and have become interested ...
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Obtaining position of GPS and GLONASS satellites from RINEX navigation files

I am currently trying to understand the best way to use the available information in RINEX navigation files for GPS and GLONASS satellites. My main goal currently is to calculate the position at epoch ...
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Setting up orbit propagation in Orekit

Please forgive my ignorance, I'm new to orbital dynamics. I am using Orekit [https://www.orekit.org/] for orbital propagation in order to determine rise and set times for a MEO satellite, and am ...
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What is/was legacy TLE ephemeris type 2? (TLE, line 1, column 63)

Wikipedia's Two-Line Element Set entry for line 1, column 63 (1.12) says: Ephemeris type (internal use only - always zero in distributed TLE data)13 13Celestrak Frequently Asked Questions: Two-Line ...
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Accuracy of converting from TLE/Orbital Elements to Cartesian if used for other propagator?

Say that I wanted to propagate a real-life satellite based on an initial position in space. However, the only source of data I can get is from a tracking website like CelesTrak or Space-Track, where ...
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Usage of the coordinate systems in orbit propagation

For the orbit propagation in ECI coordinate system, considering the effects of zonal harmonics and Sun/Moon perturbations the following procedure was formed: Convert the state vector to ECEF ...
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