Slant Range

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The Slant Range calculator computes the slant range (R) from a ground station to an object (satellite or aircraft) based on the station and object altitudes and the elevation angle (α). SlantRange.png

INSTRUCTIONS: Choose units and enter the following:

Slant Range (R):  The range is returned in kilometers.  However this can be automatically converted to compatible units via the pull-down menu.

The Math / Science

The formula for the slant range is:

        ` R = sqrt( (A*cos(α))^2 + r^2 - A^2) - A * cos(α)`

where:SlantRangeVector.png

  • R is the slant range
  • A is the distance from the center of the Earth to the station (A = Re + sA)
  • r is the distance from the center of the Earth to the object (r = Re + oA)

One can also compute the Slant Range using Position Vectors.