Re: Tianwen-1 Mars orbit

From: Scott Tilley via Seesat-l <>
Date: Mon, 17 May 2021 10:09:31 -0700
Hi Leo

Future periapsis of Tianwen-1 will be about 8 hours apart with the first 
being from when the orbit change burn occurred around 00:00 UTC on May 
17th.  The actual period of the new orbit is uncertain and I suspect it 
will by somehow sync'd with the Martian sidereal rate.

I'll be observing this afternoon my local time and should have enough 
data to fit an orbit to it then.

You can find my observations and analysis once complete here:


Scott Tilley

On 2021-05-17 8:11 a.m., C. Bassa via Seesat-l wrote:
> Hi Leo,
> As far as I am aware, the current orbital elements of Tianwen-1 are
> being obtained from decoded telemetry transmitted by Tianwen-1 itself.
> Amateur DSN (Deep Space Network) observations are being shared on
> twitter by several users, see and
> These orbital elements are in the form of a
> state vector, and you may have to use a propagator like GMAT. For more
> information, see the blog post by Daniel Estevez on the Zhurong
> landing However,
> Edgar Kaiser ( has been publishing future
> perigee passes and may continue to do so in the coming days.
> Note, that the state vector is also used by JPL horizons for computing
> predictions, but it appears the last version they have was valid up to
> February 10, 2021.
> Regards,
>      Cees
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