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Sakigake (MS-T5) Orbit Data

Summary

This page archives the orbit data of Sakigake (MS-T5) for the period between 1985-02-19 and 1997-10-09.

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  1. You can freely use the archival data of Sakigake on this site without asking for an explicit permission if the use of the data is for media-reports, academic researches, or education, or if it is for private use.
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Sakigake orbit data files

  1. orb8587_eclp.txt Orbits of Sakigake and the earth (Ecliptic coordinates) 1985-1987 (1 data point per day)
  2. orb9194_eclp.txt Orbits of Sakigake and the earth (Ecliptic coordinates) 1991-1994 (1 data point per 12 hours)
  3. orb9194_eqtr.txt Orbits of Sakigake and the earth (Equator coordinates) 1991-1994 (1 data point per 12 hours)
  4. orb9194_GSE.txt Orbit of Sakigake in the earth-based coordinates (GSE coordinates) 1991-1994 (1 data point per 12 hours)
  5. orb92ja_eclp.txt Orbits of Sakigake and the earth (Ecliptic coordinates) 1992-01-06 – 1992-01-09 (during the passage of the Earth's magnetosphere; 1 data point per hour)
  6. orb92ja_GSE.txt Orbit of Sakigake in the earth-based coordinates (GSE coordinates) 1992-01-06 – 1992-01-09 (during the passage of the Earth's magnetosphere; 1 data point per hour)
  7. orb92ja_GSM.txt Orbit of Sakigake in the earth-based coordinates (GSM coordinates) 1992-01-06 – 1992-01-09 (during the passage of the Earth's magnetosphere; 1 data point per hour)
  8. orb92sp_eclp.txt Orbits of Sakigake and the earth (Ecliptic coordinates) 1992-09-09 – 1992-10-17 (during the passage of the tail of the Earth's magnetosphere; 1 data point per hour)
  9. orb92sp_GSE.txt Orbit of Sakigake in the earth-based coordinates (GSE coordinates) 1992-09-09 – 1992-10-17 (during the passage of the tail of the Earth's magnetosphere; 1 data point per hour)
  10. orb92sp_GSM.txt Orbit of Sakigake in the earth-based coordinates (GSM coordinates) 1992-09-09 – 1992-10-17 (during the passage of the tail of the Earth's magnetosphere; 1 data point per hour)

Description of the Sakigake orbit data

Files orb8587_eclp.txt, orb9194_eclp.txt, orb92ja_eclp.txt, orb92sp_eclp.txt

These list the orbits of Sakigake and the earth (Ecliptic coordinates).

Example of the data file
1985 3 18 0 0 -0.1285849100D+09 -0.8054390000D+07 -0.3114340000D+07
-0.1487426400D+09 0.6898921000D+07 0.3422209500D+03
1985 3 19 0 0 -0.1281220000D+09 -0.1086963800D+08 -0.3123910000D+07
-0.1488822200D+09 0.4316731000D+07 0.3355095200D+03
Format
  • Year(4-digit integer) Space(1x)
  • Month(2-digit integer) Space(1x)
  • Day(2-digit integer) Space(1x)
  • Hour(2-digit integer) Space(1x)
  • Minute(2-digit integer) Spaces(2x)
  • Sakigake orbital position: X (D17.10 (Float number in 17 characters of double exponential format including 10 digits after the decimal point) in [km])
  • Sakigake orbital position: Y (The same as for X)
  • Sakigake orbital position: Z (The same as for X)
  • New-line, Spaces(19x)
  • Earth position: X (D17.10 (Float number in 17 characters of double exponential format including 10 digits after the decimal point) in [km])
  • Earth position: Y (The same as for X)
  • Earth position: Z (The same as for X)

The coordinates are EME50 (i.e., the right-handed ecliptic coordinates in which the origin of the coordinates is at the sun with the X-axis defined as the vector from the earth on the spring equinox toward the sun and Z-axis defined as perpendicular to the ecliptic plane toward the north).

File orb9194_eqtr.txt

The format is the same as above, but in the equatorial coordinates.

Files orb9194_GSE.txt, orb92ja_GSE.txt, orb92sp_GSE.txt

These list the orbit of Sakigake in the earth-based coordinates (GSE coordinates) in units of [km].

Example of the data file
199191 000.1455233377D+08 -0.1107301902D+080.2750523857D+07
1991911200.1440548931D+08 -0.1126439082D+080.2772088867D+07
199192 000.1425871162D+08 -0.1145297199D+080.2793382823D+07
Format
  • Year(4-digit integer) Space(1x)
  • Month(2-digit integer) Space(1x)
  • Day(2-digit integer) Space(1x)
  • Hour(2-digit integer) Space(1x)
  • Minute(2-digit integer) Spaces(2x)
  • Sakigake orbital position: X (D17.10 (Float number in 17 characters of double exponential format including 10 digits after the decimal point) in [km])
  • Sakigake orbital position: Y (The same as for X)
  • Sakigake orbital position: Z (The same as for X)

The coordinates are the GSE coordinates, which are the right-handed system with the origin at the earth, (positive) X-axis pointing towards the sun, and Z-axis perpendicular to the ecliptic plane toward the north.

Files orb92ja_GSM.txt, orb92sp_GSM.txt

These are similar to the above (the GSE ones), but in the GSM coordinates in units of [km]. The format is the same as for the GSE ones, except described in the GSM coordinates.

The GSM coordinates are right-handed. Their origin is at the earth. The X-axis is defined as pointing towards the sun (the same as for the GSE coordinates), but the Y-Z plane is rotated around the X-axis so that the magnetic poles of the earth are sitting on the X-Z plane.

Last Modified: 19 June 2017