James M. Deike

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: THE TIME A RADAR STATION is in contact with a satellite is defined by (1) the horizon crossing times, (2) the lunar occultation times, and (3) the keyhole constraint times. This paper presents the mathematical formulations used to compute these times adequately for all phases of a mission. The formulations are independent of the satellite’s trajectory and require only the radar station’s characteristics and the satellite’s ephemeris.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 17, Number 3
Pages: 295 - 299
Cite this article: Deike, James M., "DETERMINING A RADAR STATION'S CONTACT TIMES", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 17, No. 3, Fall 1970, pp. 295-299.
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