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Re: WTD: Orbital analysis with IDL

Randall Skelton wrote:
> I know this is a long shot, but does anyone have IDL routines for
> calculating and plotting satellite orbits from state vector data (i.e.
> the space shuttle).  I have measurements made on the shuttle which are
> accurately time stamped, and I have the orbit parameters below...  If no
> one has code, can anyone recommend a good book on orbital mechanics?


Unless you are extremely keen to learn the intricacies of orbital
mechanics, I'd recommend one of the many existing packages available on
the Web:


You may also want to look into the Satellite Tool Kit (STK), available


An evaluation version can be obtained at no cost, and it will propagate
orbits given a Two-Line-Element (TLE) set like the one you showed in
your post.