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Orbit Determination and Prediction of the International Space Station

Montenbruck, Oliver and Rozkov, Sergey and Semenov, Alexander and Gomez, Susan and Nascar, Rosario and Cacciapuotti, Luigi (2011) Orbit Determination and Prediction of the International Space Station. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 48 (6), pp. 1055-1067. DOI: 10.2514/1.52657.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.52657


The International Space Station is equipped with Global Positioning System receivers that provide real-time position information at the 10m accuracy level. In preparation of the Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space experiment, measurements from Russian and American receivers have been used to assess the navigation accuracy that can be achieved through postprocessing of navigation solutions and raw data in a precise orbit determination process. In addition, the capability to accurately forecast the space station orbit for operation of microwave and laser terminals has been studied. It is shown that the orbit can be reconstructed with a 1 m position accuracy and a 1 mm/s velocity accuracy even from single-frequency Global Positioning System measurements. For the test period in mid 2006, short arc orbit predictions with a median error of 20 and 70 m could be obtained over forecast intervals of 6 and 12 h, respectively. The navigation accuracy obtained is compatible with the mission requirements for the relativistic correction of the atomic clocks and the quick look clock performance monitoring.

Document Type:Article
Title:Orbit Determination and Prediction of the International Space Station
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Montenbruck, OliverDLR
Rozkov, SergeyRSC Energia
Semenov, AlexanderRSC Energia
Gomez, SusanNASA JSC
Nascar, RosarioESA/ESTEC
Cacciapuotti, LuigiESA/ESTEC
Date:December 2011
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 1055-1067
Keywords:ACES, ISS, orbit determination, GPS
HGF - Research field:other
HGF - Program:other
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:no assignement
DLR - Program:no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):other
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training
Deposited By: Dr.rer.nat.hab. Oliver Montenbruck
Deposited On:23 Jan 2012 17:59
Last Modified:07 Feb 2013 20:35

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