TIME ELEMENTS FOR ENHANCED PERFORMANCE OF THE DROMO ORBIT PROPAGATOR

Giulio Baù, Claudio Bombardelli
2014 Astronomical Journal  
We propose two time elements for the orbit propagator named Dromo. One is linear and the other constant with respect to the independent variable, which coincides with the osculating true anomaly in the Keplerian motion. They are defined from a generalized Kepler's equation written for negative values of the total energy and, unlike the few existing time elements of this kind, are free of singularities. To our knowledge it is the first time that a constant time element is associated with a
more » ... ciated with a second-order Sundman time transformation. Numerical tests to assess the performance of the Dromo method equipped with a time element show the remarkable improvement in accuracy for the perturbed bounded motion around the Earth compared to the case in which the physical time is a state variable. Moreover, the method is competitive with and even better than other efficient sets of elements. Finally, we also derive a time element for a null and positive total energy.
doi:10.1088/0004-6256/148/3/43 fatcat:5csqiecaxre77jmg6odvambng4