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Visual Contact between Two Earth’s Satellites

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

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.

American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 9 No. 5, 2012, 620-623

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2012.620.623

Submitted On: 22 October 2011 Published On: 27 February 2012

How to Cite: Awad, M. E., Sharaf, M. A. & Khatab, E. H. (2012). Visual Contact between Two Earth’s Satellites. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 9(5), 620-623. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2012.620.623

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Keywords

  • Satellite-satellite visibility
  • satellite-ground station visibility
  • rise-set function