Happy Pi Day!

On March 14 (3-14), we celebrate the date resembling the irrational number derived from the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. One example of the uses of Pi is in calculations involving orbital geometries. These orbits are never perfectly circular, and contain slight or distinct elliptical resemblance. One of the factors to consider when determining an orbital path is ease of communication. Best communication will occur in an orbit that passes over our McMaster ground station. The potential orbit shown is one that maximizes sunlight for solar power generation.