I’ve been traveling and haven’t been able to finish the last part of Orbital Mechanics Review. Feel free to review Dr. Russell’s work, prior to Monday. Full solution will be posted Monday as well. If you’re answers don’t match up; start a discussion in the comments below.
We review orbital mechanics and Newton’s law of gravitation to prepare for orbit determination. We will cover the two body problem, orbital elements, and perturbing accelerations. We won’t finish the entire lecture today. We will continue on Monday.
The inherent characteristics of an orbit determination (OD) problem are introduced. Dynamic state estimation, observations, linearization, and the state transition matrix are discussed. At the end, I have left a practice problem that we will review on Friday, 8 June. We throw a satellite up and watch it come down while introducing some important concepts.