Optical sighting orbit determination method

From: Fernandez Amiel (fernandez_amiel@bah.com)
Date: Tue Feb 03 2004 - 13:55:00 EST

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    Hello all,
    Has anyone out there ever implemented the Gaussian angles only orbit
    determination method using f and g series in MathCAD?  I followed the method
    described in Bate-Mueller-White's Fundamentals of Astrodynamics but do not
    get reasonable answers on use of it.  In fact, even after checking my
    nomenclature and implementation many times over I am still getting a trivial
    answer if the declination of a satellite is zero for all three of the times
    it is observed.
    I have searched on the internet but can't find software that gives the
    orbital elements from optical sightings - actually I do - but all of the
    sites that I get to aren't functioning or the links are broken.  Any
    recommendations on doing this either in MathCAD or with any other programs?
    Thanks in Advance,
    Amiel Fernandez
    Senior Consultant
    Booz Allen Hamilton
    (703) 377-1681
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