An analysis of the line of sight vector between two satellites in common altitude circular orbits
Abstract
The line of sight vector between any two satellites in common altitude circular orbits, when placed at the origin, traces out a planar ellipse as the satellites move in their orbits. The minor axes of the ellipse represent the closest approaches of the satellites, while the major axes represent the farthest approaches. All of the characteristics of the elliptical motion of the line of sight vector and the plane in which it is contained have been solved analytically.
 Publication:

Astrodynamics 1989
 Pub Date:
 1990
 Bibcode:
 1990asdy.conf..866S
 Keywords:

 Circular Orbits;
 Line Of Sight;
 Satellite Orbits;
 Vectors (Mathematics);
 Astrodynamics;
 Equations Of Motion;
 Orbital Elements;
 Astrodynamics