Determination of geostationary orbits (GEO) satellite orbits using optical wide-field patrol network (OWL-Net) data

Bumjoon Shin, Eunji Lee, Sang Young Park

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In this study, a batch least square estimator that utilizes optical observation data is developed and utilized to determine geostationary orbits (GEO). Through numerical simulations, the effects of error sources, such as clock errors, measurement noise, and the a priori state error, are analyzed. The actual optical tracking data of a GEO satellite, the Communication, Ocean and Meteorological Satellite (COMS), provided by the optical wide-field patrol network (OWL-Net) is used with the developed batch filter for orbit determination. The accuracy of the determined orbit is evaluated by comparison with two-line elements (TLE) and confirmed as proper for the continuous monitoring of GEO objects. Also, the measurement residuals are converged to several arcseconds, corresponding to the OWL-Net performance. Based on these analyses, it is verified that the independent operation of electro-optic space surveillance systems is possible, and the ephemerides of space objects can be obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-180
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Astronomy and Space Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Sept 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Electro-optical Space Surveillance System and through the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute funded by the National Research Council of Science and Technology, and by the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute under the R&D program (Project No. 2019-1-854-02) supervised by the Ministry of Science and ICT.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Korean Space Science Society.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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