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NASA Computational Case Study: The Flight of Friendship 7
March-April 2013 (vol. 15 no. 2)
pp. 72-78
David G. Simpson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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 and Engineering, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 72-78, March-April 2013, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2013.32
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