A COMPREHENSIVE COMPARISON BETWEEN ANGLES-ONLY INITIAL ORBIT DETERMINATION TECHNIQUES Conference Paper uri icon

abstract

  • During the last two centuries many methods have been proposed to solve the angles-only initial orbit determination problem. Initial orbit determination remains necessary to provide an estimate for high accuracy orbit determination and as such, it is important to perform direct comparisons among the popular methods with the aim of determining which methods are the most suitable (accuracy, robustness) for different orbit determination scenarios. The orbit error is here quantified by two new general orbit error parameters identifying the capability to capture the orbit shape and the orbit orientation. The study concludes that for nearly all but a few cases, the Gooding method best estimates the orbit.

author list (cited authors)

  • Schaeperkoetter, A., & Mortari, D.

publication date

  • October 2011