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Solution of the Geodetic Spherical Equation

  1. Sep 30, 2013 #1
    I have calculated the Keplerian Elements for a particular Position and Velocity Vector for a Satellite around Earth. With a solution of the Geodetic Spherical Equation:
    [tex]u = \frac{1}{R} = \frac{μ}{h^2}(1+ e*Cos(\phi - \tilde\omega))[/tex]
    What does the "R" in this equation represent?

    where ω is the Longitude of the Perigee calculated in the Keplerian Elements.
    [tex]\phi = Acos(\frac{z}{r})[/tex]

    It is strangely similar to this Equation:
    [tex]r = \frac{h^2}{μ}\frac{1}{(1 + e*Cos(TA))}[/tex]
    Where TA is the True Anomaly.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2013
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