User:Alessandra Celletti/Proposed/Orbit determination
Prof. Andrea Milani accepted the invitation on 16 February 2010 (self-imposed deadline: 16 October 2010).
Orbit determination refers to the problem of computing an orbit for an object in extraterrestrial space, by using available observations as constraints. This can be applied to both natural objects (asteroids, natural satellites, planets in our solar system as well as around another star) and artificial ones (artificial satellites, interplanetary probes, space debris). The methods are mathematics, but it is important not to lose contact with the practical problems, such as data quality and the physical models underlying the equations of motion.