Orbit determination of KOMPSAT-1 and Cryosat-2 satellites using optical wide-field patrol network (OWL-Net) data with batch least squares filter

Eunji Lee, Sang Young Park, Bumjoon Shin, Sungki Cho, Eun Jung Choi, Junghyun Jo, Jang Hyun Park

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The optical wide-field patrol network (OWL-Net) is a Korean optical surveillance system that tracks and monitors domestic satellites. In this study, a batch least squares algorithm was developed for optical measurements and verified by Monte Carlo simulation and covariance analysis. Potential error sources of OWL-Net, such as noise, bias, and clock errors, were analyzed. There is a linear relation between the estimation accuracy and the noise level, and the accuracy significantly depends on the declination bias. In addition, the time-tagging error significantly degrades the observation accuracy, while the time-synchronization offset corresponds to the orbital motion. The Cartesian state vector and measurement bias were determined using the OWL-Net tracking data of the KOMPSAT-1 and Cryosat-2 satellites. The comparison with known orbital information based on two-line elements (TLE) and the consolidated prediction format (CPF) shows that the orbit determination accuracy is similar to that of TLE. Furthermore, the precision and accuracy of OWL-Net observation data were determined to be tens of arcsec and sub-degree level, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-30
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Astronomy and Space Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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