The goal of this module is to give readers a complete description of a method for predicting when and where to look for the International Space Station, as well as guidance in implementing the method on a computer. We use Excel to perform the computations.
Table of Contents:
KEPLER’S LAWS, A COORDINATE SYSTEM, AND ORBIT ELEMENTS
ORBITAL ELEMENTS FROM r AND v
Details of the Algorithm
Position as a Function of Time
DETERMINING r FROM THE ORBITAL ELEMENTS
LATITUDE, LONGITUDE, AND ALTITUDE
DISTANCE, ALTITUDE, AND AZIMUTH
APPENDIX: IMPLEMENTATION IN EXCEL
Distances and Angles
Deterioration of ?
Spreadsheet Description and Algorithm
Interpreting the Results
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