Accession Number : AD0711037

Title :   TRACKING ERROR PROPAGATION AND ORBIT PREDICTION PROGRAM,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Mobley,R. L. ; Rowell,L. N. ; Smith,M. C.

Report Date : JUL 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 73

Abstract : The report is a description of TEPOP (Tracking Error Propagation and Orbit Prediction Program), a rand-modified FORTRAN IV program used in the AFSC/ADC Joint Mission Analysis on Surveillance of Objects in Space. TEPOP simulates space-vehicle tracking data from as many as 54 sensors. Rand improvements: Sensors may be satellite-based, may rotate, may be limited in azimuth, elevation, and range; drag bias can be included; the JPL ephemeris tape is used; the program was converted to double-precision. Besides determining a target's path from real data, TEPOP can be used to generate synthetic data for objects orbiting earth, sun, moon, Mars, Venus, or Jupiter, or on an interplanetary course; to study the effects of introducing random and systematic errors; and to generate confidence regions for position and velocity. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SPACE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS, SATELLITE TRACKING SYSTEMS), (*SATELLITE TRACKING SYSTEMS, MATHEMATICAL MODELS), EQUATIONS OF MOTION, SOLAR SYSTEM, INTERPLANETARY TRAJECTORIES, ORBITS, DETECTORS, NUMERICAL ANALYSIS, ERRORS, CONTROL SEQUENCES

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE