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Precise Orbit Determination and Cal/Val for GOCE

Dr Henno Boomkamp(1), Dr John Dow(1) , and Michiel Otten(1)

(1) ESOC, Robert-Bosch-Strasse 5, 64293 Darmstadt, Germany


In its position as IGS analysis centre, the ESOC Navigation Support Office has extensive expertise in the processing of GPS data for precise orbit determination purposes. On-going developments in this area include the gradual implementation of real-time processing, and the possible incorporation of GPS data from low Earth orbiting satellites in IGS product generation. From this position, and its close interaction with the operational orbit determination for GOCE at ESOC, the Navigation Office is well suited to provide precise orbit solutions for GOCE on a routine basis, in support of validation and processing of the level 1 and 2 products. Extrapolating recent improvements in GPS- based orbit determination for LEO satellites, it can be expected that near-real-time precise orbits for GOCE can be made available, which can for instance be of great value to the calibration and validation of the GOCE data. Some recent examples will be presented of GPS orbit determination results.


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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