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Astrodynamical Space Test of Relativity Using Optical Devices I (ASTRO I)- A class-M fundamental physics mission proposal for Cosmic Vision 2015-2025

Appourchaux, T. and Burston, R. and Chen, Y. and Cruise, M. and Dittus, H. and Foulon, B. and Gill, P. and Gizon, L. and Klein, H. and Klioner, S. and Kopeikin, S. and Krüger, Hans and Lämmerzahl, C. and Lobo, A. and Luo, X.-L. and Margolis, H. and Ni, W.-T. and Pulido Patón, A. and Peng, Q. and Peters, A. and Rasel, E. and Rüdiger, A. and Samain, E. and Selig, H. and Shaul, D. and Sumner, T. and Theil, S. and Touboul, P. and Turyshev, S.G. and Wang, H. and Wang, L. and Wen, L. and Wicht, A. and Wu, J. and Zhang, W. and Zhao, C. (2009) Astrodynamical Space Test of Relativity Using Optical Devices I (ASTRO I)- A class-M fundamental physics mission proposal for Cosmic Vision 2015-2025. Experimental Astronomy, 23 (2), pp. 491-527. Springer. DOI: DOI 10.1007/s10686-008-9131-8. ISSN 0922-6435.

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ASTROD I isx a planned interplanetary space mission with multiple goals. The primary aims sre: to test general relativity with an improvement in sensitivity of over three orders of magnitude, improving our understanding of gravity and aiding the development of a new quantum gravity theory; to measure key solar system parameters with increased accuracy, advancing solar physics and our knowledge of the solar system; and to measure the time rate of change of the gravitational constant with an order of magnitude improvement and the anomalous Pioneer acceleration, thereby probing dark matter and dark energy gravitationally. It is an international project, with major contributions from Europe and China and is envisaged as the first in a series of ASTROD missions. ASTROD I will consist of on spacecraft carrying a laser telescope, four lasers, two event timers and a clock. Two-way, two-wavelengths laser pulse ranging will be used between the spacecraft in a solar orbit and deep space laser stations on Earth, to achieve the ASTROD I goals. A second mission, ASTROD (ASTROD II) is envisaged as a three-spacecraft mission which would test General Relativity to 1 ppb, enable detection of solar g-modes, measure the solar Lense-Thirring effec to 10 ppm, and probe gravitational waves at frequencies below the LISA bandwidth. In the third phase (ASTROD III or Super-ASTROD), larger orbits could be implemented to map the outer solar system and to probe primordial gravitational waves at frequencies below the ASTROD II bandwidth.

Document Type:Article
Title:Astrodynamical Space Test of Relativity Using Optical Devices I (ASTRO I)- A class-M fundamental physics mission proposal for Cosmic Vision 2015-2025
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Appourchaux, T.IAS, Paris
Burston, R.MPI Sonnensystemforschung, Katlenburg-Lindau
Chen, Y.Dept. Physics, CalTec, Pasadena CA
Cruise, M.School of Physics and Astronomy, Birmingham Univ.
Dittus, H.Inst. f. Raumfahrtsysteme, DLR, Bremen
Foulon, B.ONERA, Chatillon
Gill, P.National Physics Lab. Teddington
Gizon, L.MPI Sonnensystemforschung, Katlenburg-Lindau
Klein, H.National Physics Lab. Teddington
Klioner, S.Lohrmann Obs., Inst. Planetare Geodäsie, Tech. Univ. Dresden
Kopeikin, S.Dept. Physics and Astronomy, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia MO
Krüger, HansInst. f. Raumfahrtsysteme, DLR, Bremen
Lämmerzahl, C.ZARM, Univ. Bremen
Lobo, A.Institut d´Estudis Espacials de Catalunya, Barcelona
Luo, X.-L.Dept. of Astronomy, Nanjing Univ.
Margolis, H.National Physics Lab. Teddington
Ni, W.-T.wtni@pmo.ac.cn, Center for Gravitation and Cosmology,Purple Mountain Obs., Nanjing
Pulido Patón, A.Center for Gravitation and Cosmology,Purple Mountain Obs., Nanjing
Peng, Q.Dept. of Astronomy, Nanjing Univ.
Peters, A.Humboldt Univ., Berlin
Rasel, E.Inst. f. Quantenoptik, Leibniz Univ. Hannover
Rüdiger, A.MPI Gravitationsphysik, Hannover
Samain, E.CERGA, Obs. de la Côte Azur, Grasse
Selig, H.ZARM, Univ. Bremen
Shaul, D.High Energy Physics Group, Blackett LAb. Imperial College, London
Sumner, T.High Energy Physics Group, Blackett LAb. Imperial College, London
Theil, S.Inst. f. Raumfahrtsysteme, DLR, Bremen
Touboul, P.ONERA, Chatillon
Turyshev, S.G.Jet Propulsion Lab., Pasadena CA
Wang, H.Nanjing Univ. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Wang, L.Deep Space Exploration & Space Science Techn. Res. Div., R&D Center, CAS, Beijing
Wen, L.School of Physics, Univ. of Western Australia, Crawley
Wicht, A.Humboldt Univ., Berlin
Wu, J.Center of Space Science and Application Research, CAS, Beijing
Zhang, W.DFH Satellite Co. Ltd. Beijing
Zhao, C.Center for Gravitation and Cosmology,Purple Mountain Obs., Nanjing
Date:March 2009
Journal or Publication Title:Experimental Astronomy
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI:DOI 10.1007/s10686-008-9131-8
Page Range:pp. 491-527
von Ballmoos, PeterUNSPECIFIED
Keywords:Probing the fundamental laws mof spacetime, Exploring the microscopic origin of gravity, Testing relativistic gravity, Mapping solar-system gravity, Solar g-mode detection, Gravitational wave detection, ASTROD, ASTROD I
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignment
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - no assignment (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof , Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems
Deposited By: Prof.Dr. Hansjörg Dittus
Deposited On:09 Mar 2010 10:03
Last Modified:22 Jan 2015 12:41

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