American Journal of Applied Sciences

Visual Contact between Two Earth’s Satellites

M. E. Awad, M. A. Sharaf and E. H. Khatab

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2012.620.623

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 9, Issue 5

Pages 620-623

Abstract

Problem statement: In this study, an analytical expression for predicting mutually visible between Earth’s satellites is developed. Approach: A relative satellite-satellite visibility function is developed in terms of orbital elements for two satellites in the same orbital plane. Also, a simple computational algorithm is expressed to compute the visibility function. Results: This study presents a new and easy method to determine the visibility times between two satellites which are in the same orbital plane. Conclusion: The satellite-satellite visibility function is solved by an easy treatment.

Copyright

© 2012 M. E. Awad, M. A. Sharaf and E. H. Khatab. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.