Accession Number:

AD1053094

Title:

History of Satellite Orbit Determination at NSWCDD

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report,01 Jan 2018,31 Jan 2018

Corporate Author:

NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER DAHLGREN DIV VA DAHLGREN United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2018-01-31

Pagination or Media Count:

144.0

Abstract:

This document provides a detailed technical history of the satellite orbit determination and prediction capabilities developed and the associated satellite programs and analyses supported by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, and its predecessor organizations since the late 1950s. This work started with computing orbits for the first Navy Transit satellites launched, and the establishment of the Space Surveillance Operations Center at the Naval Weapons Laboratory in May 1959 to take advantage of the resident Naval Ordinance Research Calculator computing resource. The Operations Center separated from the Naval Weapons Laboratory in 1961, but the satellite work continued and expanded. Four major generations of orbit determination software systems have been developed over the years ASTRO, CELEST, OMNIS, and EPOCHA, along with several minor dependent and independent systems. Details of each systems capabilities are provided along with the specific satellite programs each system supported.

Subject Categories:

  • Celestial Mechanics
  • Geodesy

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE