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"Galileo Galilei" (GG) a Small Satellite to Test the Eqivalence Principle of Galileo, Newton and Einstein

Nobili, A.M. and Comandi, G.L. and Doravari, S. and Bramanti, D and Kumar, R. and Maccarrone, F. and Polacco, E. and Turyshev, S.G. and Shao, M. and Lipa, J. and Dittus, H. and Lämmerzahl, C. and Peters, A. and Müller, J. and Unnikrishnan, C.S. and Roxburgh, I.W. and Brillet, A. and Marchal, C. and Luo, J. and van der Ha, J. and Milyukov, V. and Iafolla, V. and Lucchesi, D. and Tortora, P. and De Bernardis, P. and Palmonari, F. and Focardi, S. and Zanello, D. and Monaco, S. and Mengali, G. and Anselmo, L. and Iorio, L. and Knezevic, Z. (2009) "Galileo Galilei" (GG) a Small Satellite to Test the Eqivalence Principle of Galileo, Newton and Einstein. Experimental Astronomy, 23, pp. 689-710. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s10686-008-9128-5. ISSN 0922-6435.

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Abstract

"Galileo Galilei" (GG) is a small satellite designed to fly in low Eath orbit with the goal of testing the Equivalence Principle - which is at teh basis of the General Theory of Relativity - to 1 part in 10^17. If successfull, it would improve current laboratory results by 4 order of magnitudes. A confirmation would strongly constrain theories; proof of violation is believed to lead a scientific revolution. The experiment design allows it to be carried out at ambient temperature inside a small 1-axis stabilized satellite (250 kg total mass). GG is under investigation at Phase A-2 level by ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana) at Thales Alenia Space in Torino, while a laboratory prototype (known as GGG) is operational at INFN laboratories in Pisa, supported by INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) and ASI. A final study report will be published in 2009.

Document Type:Article
Title:"Galileo Galilei" (GG) a Small Satellite to Test the Eqivalence Principle of Galileo, Newton and Einstein
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Nobili, A.M.nobili@dm.unipi.it, Univ. Pisa
Comandi, G.L.INFN, Pisa
Doravari, S.Univ. Pisa
Bramanti, DUniv. Pisa
Kumar, R.INFN, Pisa
Maccarrone, F.Univ. Pisa
Polacco, E.Univ. Pisa
Turyshev, S.G.Jet Propulsion Lab., Pasadena CA
Shao, M.Jet Propulsion Lab., Pasadena CA
Lipa, J.Stanford Univ.
Dittus, H.Inst. f. Raumfahrtsysteme, DLR, Bremen
Lämmerzahl, C.ZARM, Univ. Bremen
Peters, A.Humboldt Univ., Berlin
Müller, J.Inst. f. Erdmessung, Leibniz Univ. Hannover
Unnikrishnan, C.S.Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Roxburgh, I.W.QMW, London
Brillet, A.CNRS, Obs. de la Côte Azur, Nice
Marchal, C.ONERA, Châtillon
Luo, J.Huazhong Univ, Wuhan
van der Ha, J.Kuyushu Univ, Fukuoka
Milyukov, V.Moscow State Univ.
Iafolla, V.IFIS-INAF, Roma
Lucchesi, D.INFN, Pisa
Tortora, P.Univ. Bologna
De Bernardis, P.Univ. Roma, La Sapienza
Palmonari, F.Univ. Bologna
Focardi, S.Univ. Bologna
Zanello, D.INFN, Univ. Roma, La Sapienza
Monaco, S.Univ. Roma, La Sapienza
Mengali, G.Univ. Pisa
Anselmo, L.CNR/CNUCE, Pisa
Iorio, L.INFN, Pisa
Knezevic, Z.Beograd Obs., Belgrade
Date:March 2009
Journal or Publication Title:Experimental Astronomy
Refereed publication:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:23
DOI:10.1007/s10686-008-9128-5
Page Range:pp. 689-710
Editors:
EditorsEmail
von Ballmoos, PeterUNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0922-6435
Status:Published
Keywords:General Relativity, Space physics, Experimental gravity
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignement
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignement
DLR - Research theme (Project):W -- no assignement (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems
Deposited By: Prof.Dr. Hansjörg Dittus
Deposited On:24 Feb 2010 10:04
Last Modified:07 Feb 2013 20:11

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