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Analytical study of Egyptian TIBA-1 satellite orbit from Optical Satellite Tracking Station (OSTS), NRIAG-Egypt

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One of the most valuable regions for telecommunication and space science is the geostationary earth orbit (GEO). On 27 November 2019, Egypt successfully launched its telecommunications satellite TIBA-1 into space. This paper aims to effectively identify and concurrently track this satellite from our Kottamia observatory station, National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG) - Egypt. The images of the satellite are processed by the Apex II astronomical image processing package to obtain optical measurements, the apparent magnitude, and the phase angle. The initial orbit of the TIBA-1 satellite is determined using angle-only optical measurements for 4 months. The Double-r iteration method is used to determine the state distance vectors for orbital elements under different perturbation forces. Then, the results are compared with the positions predicted using the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) reference catalog.

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Abdelaziz, A.M., Tealib, S.K. & Molotov, I. Analytical study of Egyptian TIBA-1 satellite orbit from Optical Satellite Tracking Station (OSTS), NRIAG-Egypt. Astrophys Space Sci 366, 81 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10509-021-03987-7

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