ORBIT DETERMINATION ERROR ANALYSIS
AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CA
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The problem of orbit determination by radar tracking data is broken into its constituent parts, which are then subjected to detailed examination. Typical results are presented and discussed as a method of arriving at general conclusions. The behavior of orbital errors is interpreted in terms of the influence of their sources and the nature of their propagation. The emphasis of this analysis is on why orbital errors behave as they do, how well can we expect to determine orbits, and how can we do better. The conclusions are based on the results of a large number of digital simulations with the Aerospace TRACE program and the General Electric Pat-B program, plus limited experience in the reduction of live data from the SCF net.
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