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GOCE Reference Planning Facility (RPF)

Jose Antonio Gonzalez Abeytua(1) and Patricia Talaverano(1)

(1) DEIMOS Space, Ronda de Poniente, 19. Edificio Fiteni VI,Portal2, 28760 Tres Cantos, Spain


The RPF is a tool in charge of generating inputs for mission planning to the FOS and/or PDS. The RPF will generate, on operator request, mission-planning data in the form of computer files using inputs received from the CMF and the Mission Management.

RPF generated files are stored under configuration and control in the RPF storage area and transferred to the FOS or the PDS through a computer network using the FTP protocol.

The RPF will retrieve calibration data from the CMF to be used as input for the generation of mission planning files and it plays an essential role in the planning of the DFACS Data Recording.

The RPF consists of a combination of a system infrastructure and specific functions. The infrastructure was built from the CryoSat Reference Planning Facility, by extracting all the common elements and creating an RPF core mission independent. This core is the first step towards a truly Multi-Mission Reference Planning Facility.


Keywords: ESA European Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne, observation de la terre, earth observation, satellite remote sensing, teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar, chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar, atmospheric chemistry