Satellite Orbit Prediction and Ground Station Visibility
This was built for a coursework for the Aerospace Engineering minor at UCL. Given the position and velocity of a satellite, we were required to create a program that predicts its trajectory using three different methods:
- Keplerian orbit propagation
- Integration with Runge–Kutta 4 (RK4)
- Integration with RK4 with oblateness correction (RK4-J2)
We were also required to design a ground tracking station network of 4 stations around the world, maximising pass times.
The goal for the visualisation is to show the differences between the results of these three methods and show the views and coverage of each of the ground stations.
Currently, it shows the trajectory of JASON-2 over the course of 24 hours, starting from 16 December 2015 at 09:00 GMT.
I'm hoping to make the initial conditions customisable to show other satellites.