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Title Osculating Elements
Author(s) J. Sanz Subirana, J.M. Juan Zornoza and M. Hernández-Pajares, Technical University of Catalonia, Spain.
Level Advanced
Year of Publication 2011

A scheme with the necessary calculations to obtain the osculating orbital elements starting from the position and velocity of a satellite in a geocentric inertial system, and vice-versa, is provided as follows (see figure 1):

Calculation of the orbital elements of the satellite from its position and velocity

Calculation of the position and velocity of the satellite from its orbital elements

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Figure 1: Orbit in space.