A Computer Solution for Multiple Satellite-Satellite and Satellite- Ground Station Visibility Determination
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH
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The purpose of this study is to examine the problem of determining rise and set times for visibility periods of multiple satellite satellite and satellite ground station communications. Additionally, the ability to maintain constant communication links is explored. This research examines three means to solve the problem basic iteration, the Lawton Method, and an improved method involving parabolic blending and a closed form root solving technique. the greatest concentration is placed on the final solution and its application. The result of this investigation is a computer program capable of determining rise and set times for as many as four satellites and four ground stations. In addition, the program performs a check for continuous communications between the indicated satellites and earth based resources.
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