Acta Geophysica

, Volume 60, Issue 4, pp 1213–1223 | Cite as

Estimation of the elastic earth parameters using slr data for the low satellites STARLETTE and STELLA

  • Milena Rutkowska
  • Marcin Jagoda
Research Article


In this paper we present estimated values for the global elastic parameters (k 2, k 3) and (h 2, l 2) derived from the analysis of Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) data. We analyse SLR data for two low satellites, STARLETTE and STELLA, collected over a period of two years, from 1 January 2005 to 1 January 2007, from 18 globally distributed ground stations. We carry out a sequential analysis for the two satellites jointly, and study the stability of the estimates as a function of the length of the data set used. The adjusted final values of (k 2, k 3) and (h 2, l 2) for STARLETTE and STELLA are compared to, and are largely found to support, the estimates we previously published based on data for two high satellites LAGEOS 1 and LAGEOS 2. A major discrepancy between the two solutions was only found for the Shida number l 2.

Key words

Love number Shida number satellite orbit satellite perturbations sequential solution 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Altamimi, Z., X. Collilieux, J. Legrand, B. Garayt, and C. Boucher (2007), ITRF2005: A new release of the international terrestrial reference frame based on time series of station positions and earth orientation parameters, J. Geophys. Res. 112, B09401, DOI: 10.1029/2007JB004949.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Cheng, M., and B.D. Tapley (2008), A 33 Year time history of the J2 changes from SLR. In: S. Szchilak (ed.), Proc. 16th International Workshop on Laser Ranging, Poznan, October 2008.Google Scholar
  3. Hedin, A.E. (1987), MSIS-86 thermosferic model, J. Geophys. Res. 92, A5, DOI:10.1029/JA092iA05p04649.Google Scholar
  4. Lemoine, F.G., S.C. Kenyon, J.K. Factor, R.G. Trimmer, N.K. Pavlis, D.S. Chinn, C.M. Cox, S.M. Klosko, S.B. Luthcke, M.H. Torrence, Y.M. Wang, R.G. Williamson, E.C. Pavlis, R.H. Rapp, and T.R. Olson (1998), The Development of the Joint NASA GSFC and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) Geopotential Model EGM96, NASA/TP 1998-206861, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA.Google Scholar
  5. Marini, J.W., and C.W. Murray, Jr. (1973), Correction of laser range tracking data for atmospheric refraction at elevation above 10 degrees, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, Preprint X-591-73-351.Google Scholar
  6. McCarthy, D.D., and G. Petit (eds.) (2003), IERS Conventions 2003, IERS Technical Note 32.Google Scholar
  7. McCarthy, J.J., S. Rowton, D. Moore, D.E. Pavlis, S.B. Luthke, and L.S. Tsaoussi (1993), Systems Description GEODYN II, Vol. 1, Hughes STX Systems Corporation, Forbes Blvd., MD.Google Scholar
  8. Pavlis, D.E., and D.D. Rowlands (1998), GEODYN Systems Description, vol. 3, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.Google Scholar
  9. Rutkowska, M., and M. Jagoda (2010), Estimation of the elastic Earth parameters using the SLR LAGEOS 1 and LAGEOS 2 Data, Acta Geophys. 58,4, 705–716, DOI: 10.2478/s11600-009-0062-1.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Versita Warsaw and Springer-Verlag Wien 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of SciencesWarszawaPoland
  2. 2.Technical UniversityKoszalinPoland

Personalised recommendations