VRECKON: Find the endpoint of a geodesic on the ellipsoidal earth
Updated 13 Nov 2007
This function uses the Vincenty direct algorithm to solve the "forward geodesic problem," which is the problem of computing the endpoint of a geodesic (shortest-distance) path on the ellipsoidal earth, given the start point, a path length, and a starting azimuth. This process is also called "reckoning."
In 1975, Vincenty published a rapidly converging algorithm for this calculation. Since then, his algorithm has since seen significant implementation in geodesy and engineering. The algorithm is precise to within a few millimeters. Please see code comments for references.
Michael Kleder, Nov 2007
Michael Kleder (2023). VRECKON: Find the endpoint of a geodesic on the ellipsoidal earth (https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/17493-vreckon-find-the-endpoint-of-a-geodesic-on-the-ellipsoidal-earth), MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .
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Inspired by: Vectorized geodetic distance and azimuth on the WGS84 earth ellipsoid
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