Estimation of the elastic earth parameters using slr data for the low satellites STARLETTE and STELLA
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In this paper we present estimated values for the global elastic parameters (k2, k3) and (h2, l2) 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 (k2, k3) and (h2, l2) 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 l2.
Key wordsLove number Shida number satellite orbit satellite perturbations sequential solution
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