Utilities is a set of quick calculation utilities to provide users with a means of estimating various parameters of interest about CEOS satellite missions. Utilities for repeating orbits and swath calculators are provided. Under the Repeating Orbit tab, users may estimate the Ground Track Interval, Period/Velocity, and Sun Synchronous Orbit. Under the Swath Calculator tab, users may estimate the Incidence to Pointing angle, Swath/FOV, Swath from Incidence and Swath/Off-nadir.
Utilities can be launched from the Tools menu in the title menu bar.
Ground track interval may be calculated by providing altitude or revolutions to repeat, days to repeat, and latitude, and clicking "Calculate". Fundamental interval and subinterval will be displayed in degrees longitude and kilometers. The following calculations are used:
Period/Velocity may be calculated by providing altitude and clicking "Calculate". Orbital period (min) and velocity (km/s) will be displayed. The following calculations are used:
Sun Synchronous Orbit may be calculated by providing altitude and revolutions to repeat, days to repeat (optional), and clicking "Calculate". Days to repeat may be calculated from altitude and revolutions to repeat if not provided. Orbit parameters may also be loaded from select reference missions in COVE. The reference missions available are ALOS-2, Landsat 8, NPP, Sentinel-1A, Sentinel-1B. If users choose to use parameters from reference missions, click "Load Parameters" to retrieve mission parameters from COVE. Once the "Calculate" button is clicked, the estimated altitude and estimated inclination will be displayed. The following calculations are used:
Incidence to Pointing may be calculated by providing altitude (km), incidence angle (deg), and clicking "Calculate". Off-nadir pointing angle (deg) will be displayed. The following calculation is used:
Swath/FOV allows users to calculate ground swath width or field of view (FOV). Swath width may be calculated by providing altitude (km), half-FOV (deg), and clicking "Calculate Swath Width from FOV". FOV is calculated when half-FOV is entered. Swath width will be displayed. FOV/half-FOV may be calculated by providing altitude (km), swath width, and clicking "Calculate". FOV and half-FOV will be displayed.
Swath from Incidence may be calculated by providing altitude (km), minimum and maximum incidence angles (deg), and clicking "Calculate". Off-nadir pointing angle from swath center (deg), FOV (deg), half-FOV (deg), and swath width (km) will be displayed. The following calculation is used:
Swath from Off-nadir may be calculated by providing altitude (km), off-nadir pointing angle (deg), full FOV (deg), and clicking "Calculate". Swath width (km) will be displayed. The following calculation is used: