SAT-LAB is a MATLAB-based Graphical User Interface (GUI), developed for simulating and visualizing satellite orbits. The primary purpose of SAT-LAB is to provide a software with a user-friendly interface that can be used for both academic and scientific purposes. The calculation of the satellite state vector (position and velocity) is done using a Keplerian propagator. After selecting the six Keplerian elements, the computation and visualization of the satellite orbit is performed simultaneously and in real time. Both the satellite orbit and the state vector at each epoch are given in two reference frames, i.e., the Inertial Reference Frame (IRF) and the Earth-Fixed Reference Frame (EFRF). For the EFRF, both the 3D Cartesian coordinates and the ground tracks of the orbit are provided. Other visualization options include selecting the appearance of the coastline, topography/bathymetry, satellite orbit, position, velocity and radial distance, and IRF and EFRF axes. SAT-LAB is also capable of visualizing orbits of operational satellites and real-time tracking of their position. Just run the file satlab.m. For more information, please visit the following website:
Piretzidis D and Sideris MG (2017): SAT-LAB: A MATLAB Graphical User Interface for simulating and visualizing Keplerian satellite orbits. Poster presented at the EGU General Assembly 2017, 23 - 28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria. doi:10.13140/RG.2.2.31977.29288
Dear Zhang, it is possible to modify the plots to some extent and add your own data. Or export parameters (e.g., 3D satellite orbit) and use them in your own scripts. Please, send me an e-mail so I can give you more details.
This is brilliant work. It helps me visualize the satellite orbit.
However, I want to display the track of a satellite, some stations on the Earth, and geomagnetic force lines, of course, in 3D. I think it is a huge project to modify your code
Had to fix a few things to run on MacOS, but all-in-all a very useful toolset. Thanks for the quick response too.
Hello Kirk, I updated the software. The coast.mat file is now included in the "\Main directory\Data" folder.
Line 114 in satlab.m is, "load('coast.mat')". There is no "coast.mat" file in the mapping toolbox or in the satlab directories.
Hello KiranKumar Makam, unfortunately you cannot visualize the orbits of more than one satellite in the same figure.
That is a great task done but if I want to plot two objects is it possible?
Hello JCHebert, MATLAB cannot find the variable 'long', which is saved in the 'coast.mat' file. This file is part of MATLAB's mapping toolbox, so I am guessing that you do not have the mapping toolbox installed.
I get this error when I try run satlab.
Undefined function or variable 'long'.
Error in satlab>satlab_OpeningFcn (line 330)
long(long < 0) = long(long < 0) +
Error in gui_mainfcn (line 220)
feval(gui_State.gui_OpeningFcn, gui_hFigure, ,
Error in satlab (line 42)
What am I doing wrong?
Thank you for noticing that Chris. The mapping toolbox is now added as a required product.
Need to state that the mapping toolbox is required. I was unable to run this...
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