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Real-Time Shipboard Orbit Determination Using Kalman Filtering Techniques

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1 Author(s)
Brammer, Robert F. ; NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, Md. 20771

The real-time tracking and orbit determination program used on board the NASA tracking ship, the USNS Vanguard, is described in this paper. The computer program uses a variety of filtering algorithms, including an extended Kalman filter, to derive real-time orbit determinations (position-velocity state vectors) from shipboard tracking and navigation data. Results from Appolo missions are given to show that orbital parameters can be estimated quickly and accurately using these methods.

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:AES-10 ,  Issue: 4 )