TLE

The org.orekit.propagation.analytical.tle package provides classes to read, and
extrapolate from, orbital elements in Two-Line Elements (TLE) format.

TLE Presentation

TLE orbits are supplied in two-line element format, then converted
into an internal format for easier retrieval and future extrapolation.
All the values provided by a TLE only make sense when translated by the corresponding
propagator. Even when no extrapolation in time is needed, state information
(position and velocity coordinates) can only be computed through the propagator.
Untreated values like inclination, RAAN, mean Motion, etc. can't be used by
themselves without loss of precision.

The implemented TLE model conforms to new 2006 corrected model.
More information on the TLE format can be found on the
CelesTrak website.

Evolution

The TLE orbit representation is de-correlated from other orbit representations
provided by Orbits package. It is due to the fact that TLE representation depends on
a very specific dynamic model, which is not compatible with Orbits models in present
architecture.

It is considered to be closer to a propagation model than to an orbit representation and
has been moved within the org.orekit.propagation package since 6.0. This move allowed the
rich features from the global propagation framework (master/slave/ephemeris mode, events
handling) to be used with TLE.