[amsat-bb] Re: satellite los footprints
n2wwd at mindspring.com
Tue Mar 26 12:10:04 PDT 2013
I did the implementation described in a professional flight dynamics software program. The convention (as specified by the gov't) is to have an array of 360 azimuthal "obscura" elevations. The first entry defines the minimum elevation for 0 to 1 deg in azimuth, the second entry defines the minimum elevation for 1 to 2 deg in azimuth, up to the 360th entry defining 359 to 0/360 deg in azimuth. The 1-deg wide azimuthal increments are narrow enough that you get an excellent obscura picture even with the elevations being a step function. It provides a great way to anticipate when obstructions may interfere with an RF or visible LOS.
73, Ken N2WWD
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On Mar 26, 2013, at 2:34 PM, Joseph Armbruster <josepharmbruster at gmail.com> wrote:
> What tracking program is that?
> I was thinking of making my satellite icons configurable. This way the satellite would look like the actual satellite. Even better, I could store collada models for them and load them in place of the icon. Oh la la, that's an idea.
> Joseph Armbruster
> On Mar 26, 2013, at 7:58 AM, Joe Fitzgerald wrote:
>> On 3/25/2013 6:42 PM, Ken Ernandes wrote:
>>> 2. If you decide to give the users the ability to input their location, them the option to provide either a single minimum elevation angle or a local map -- i.e., 360 individual minimum elevations as a function of Azimuth. It's much easier to project this and the user is generally interested in an unobstructed LOS with respect to his/her location.
>> It's not the best resolution but in the image below, you can see how there are "cut outs" in the circles surrounding NASA's ground stations - the software has clearly implemented the idea Ken outlined above. For example, there is apparently some obstruction to the south east of the Hawaiian tracking station. If the sub-satelite point is inside the white line it's AOS. The surface of the earth visible to the shuttle, on the other hand, is simply a red circle, just faintly visible in this image.
>> -Joe KM1P
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