Precise Orbit Determination for CHAMP Using an Efficient Kinematic and Reduced-Dynamic Procedure
Using an efficient and robust combination of a kinematic and reduced-dynamic orbit determination procedure CHAMP GPS data spanning about eleven months are processed and different aspects are addressed. Kinematic solutions are generated with and without elevation-dependent weighting of the observations in order to study the impact on the solution. GPS clock corrections with a sampling rate of 30 seconds and of 5 minutes, both interpolated to 10 seconds, are used. The orbit results are compared with the Post-processed Science Orbits from the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Germany, with orbit solutions from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and they are validated with SLR measurements.
Key wordsEfficient and precise orbit determination Low Earth Orbiters Elevation-dependent weighting GPS clock interpolation
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