State vector (geographical)
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A geographical state vector is a set of data describing exactly where an object is located in space, and how it is moving. From a state vector, and sufficient mathematical conditions (e.g. the Picard-Lindelöf theorem), the object's past and future position can be determined.
A geographical state vector typically will contain seven elements: three position coordinates, three velocity terms, and the time at which these values were valid. Mathematically, if we are to describe positions in a N-dimensional space () then a state vector belongs to :
where is the position vector and is the velocity vector.