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Space Science Reviews

, Volume 108, Issue 1–2, pp 409–416 | Cite as

Needs and Tools for Future Gravity Measuring Missions

  • Miguel Aguirre-Martinez
  • Nico Sneeuw
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Abstract

This paper compares the requirements that can be expected of gravity measuring missions with respect to the status of the instrumentation and satellite technologies. The error sources of gravity gradiometry and satellite-to-satellite tracking are analysed and the elements limiting the accuracy are identified. Proposed and approved future missions that will fly technologies of interest for gravity sensing are recalled. Areas of technical development of interest are reviewed. The article finishes with two possible conceptual missions presented as examples and with a chapter of conclusions.

gravity field satellite missions technology developments GRACE GOCE 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Miguel Aguirre-Martinez
    • 1
  • Nico Sneeuw
    • 2
  1. 1.European Space Agency, European Space Technology and Engineering CentreThe Netherlands (
  2. 2.Department of Geomatics EngineeringUniversity of CalgaryCanada (

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