state vector

Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

The readings of the velocity and three-dimensional position of a spacecraft at a specific time. The data assist in navigation.

State vectors can also be used to calculate Keplerian elements, which describe the shape and size of a spacecraft's orbital ellipse.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.