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Issue No.02 - March-April (2013 vol.15)
pp: 72-78
David G. Simpson , NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
ABSTRACT
In this case study, we study a method for computing the position of an Earth-orbiting spacecraft as a function of time. As an exercise, we compute the position of John Glenn's Mercury spacecraft Friendship 7 as it orbited the Earth during the third flight of NASA's Mercury program.
INDEX TERMS
Orbits, Space vehicles, NASA, Space research, Time measurement, Extraterrestrial measurements, Mathematical model, Scientific computing, Friendship 7, astrodynamics, celestial mechanics, navigation, Project Mercury, modeling, time and coordinate conversions, root finding, scientific computing
CITATION
David G. Simpson, "NASA Computational Case Study: The Flight of Friendship 7", Computing in Science & Engineering, vol.15, no. 2, pp. 72-78, March-April 2013, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2013.32
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