Flechtner, F. and Neumayer, K. H. and Kusche, J. and Schäfer, W. and Sohl, F. (2008) Simulation study for the determination of the lunar gravity field from PRARE-L tracking onboard the German LEO mission. Advances in Space Research, 42 (8), pp. 1405-1413. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2008.06.003.
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A simulation study has been performed at GFZ Potsdam, which shows the anticipated improvement of the lunar gravity field model with respect to current (LP150Q model) or near-future (SELENE) knowledge in the framework of the planned German Lunar Explorations Orbiter (LEO) mission, based on PRARE-L (Precise Range And Range-rate Equipment – Lunar version) Satellite-to-Satellite (SST) and Satellite-Earth-Satellite (SEST) tracking observations. It is shown that the global mean error of the lunar gravity field can be reduced to less than 0.1 mGal at a spatial resolution of 50 km. In the spectral domain, this means a factor of 10 (long wavelengths) and some 100 (mid to short wavelengths) improvement as compared to predictions for SELENE or a factor of 1000 with respect to LP150Q. Furthermore, a higher spatial resolution of up to 28 km seems feasible and would correspond to a factor of 2–3 improvement of SELENE results. Moreover, PRARE-L is expected to derive the low-degree coefficients of the lunar gravity field with unprecedented accuracy. Considering long mission duration (at least 1 year is planned) this would allow for the first time a precise direct determination of the low-degree tidal Love numbers of the Moon and, in combination with high precision SEST, would provide an experimental basis to study relativistic effects such as the periselenium advance in the Earth–Moon system.
|Title:||Simulation study for the determination of the lunar gravity field from PRARE-L tracking onboard the German LEO mission|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Advances in Space Research|
|In ISI Web of Science:||Yes|
|Page Range:||pp. 1405-1413|
|Keywords:||Moon; Lunar gravity field determination; LEO; PRARE-L; Satellite-to-Satellite tracking|
|HGF - Research field:||Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)|
|HGF - Program:||Space (old)|
|HGF - Program Themes:||W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums|
|DLR - Research area:||Space|
|DLR - Program:||W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums|
|DLR - Research theme (Project):||W - Vorhaben Vergleichende Planetologie (old)|
|Institutes and Institutions:||Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Physics|
|Deposited By:||Stefanie Hempel|
|Deposited On:||14 Oct 2008|
|Last Modified:||27 Apr 2009 14:39|
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