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Satellite orbit programs utilizing the graphics capabilities of the microcomputer.

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Authors
Langdorf, Kim Alldredge
Subjects
artificial satellite orbits
computer graphics
microcomputers
Advisors
Swafford, G.L.
Date of Issue
1986-06
Date
June 1986
Publisher
Language
en_US
Abstract
It is important for a student of Space Science to have the opportunity to thoroughly understand the principle of an artificial satellite orbit. This thesis consists of four computer graphics programs that will enable the student to see what an orbit is and how it works. The first program demonstrates the shape of an orbit in two dimensions resulting from initial altitude, speed, and flight path angle. The second program draws an orbit in three dimensions around a sphere based on the input of the classical orbital elements. The third program traces the ground track of a satellite over a map of the earth. And the fourth plots the ground track of a geosynchronous satellite over a map of the earth. The student can learn about orbits by entering the orbital elements and viewing the resultant orbit.
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Thesis
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Department
Space Systems Academic Committee
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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Format
73 p.
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Distribution Statement
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Rights
This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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