[amsat-bb] Re: satellite orbiatl prediction through obersvation

Doug Kuitula ka8qcu at pasty.net
Sun Aug 10 07:29:26 PDT 2008

 You may have already found this website, but check out the following. It
may help you find out how the Kettering Group did their orbit determination.

I had never heard of them, but they were certainly on the cutting edge at
the time. Makes me want to dust off my old Oscarlocator.
73 de Doug ka8qcu

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob DeVarney W1ICW" <we1u at verizon.net>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Friday, August 08, 2008 11:38
Subject: [amsat-bb] satellite orbiatl prediction through obersvation

> I. have been reading up on the history of the Kettering group and I am
> particularly curious about one thing: how did they determine the orbit
> of the satellite strictly from observation. Can anyone help me with this?
> I can see how you could pick up the period of the satellite from
> observation, but am stumped as to how the rest of it is worked out...
> Thanks and VY 73 de W1ICW
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