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Calibrating Maneuvers for Precise Relative Orbit Determination Using GPS

Allende Alba, Gerardo and Montenbruck, Oliver and Ardaens, Jean-Sébastien and Wermuth, Martin and Hugentobler, Urs (2016) Calibrating Maneuvers for Precise Relative Orbit Determination Using GPS. Advances in Space Research. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2016.08.039 ISSN 0273-1177

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Abstract

Precise relative orbit determination is an essential element for the generation of science products from distributed instrumentation of formation flying satellites in low Earth orbit. According to the mission profile, the required formation is typically maintained and/or controlled by executing maneuvers. In order to generate consistent and precise orbit products, a strategy for maneuver handling is mandatory in order to avoid discontinuities or precision degradation before, after and during maneuver execution. Precise orbit determination offers the possibility of maneuver estimation in an adjustment of single-satellite trajectories using GPS measurements. However, a consistent formulation of a precise relative orbit determination scheme requires the implementation of a maneuver estimation strategy which can be used, in addition, to improve the precision of maneuver estimates by drawing upon the use of differential GPS measurements. The present study introduces a method for precise relative orbit determination based on a reduced-dynamic batch processing of differential GPS pseudorange and carrier phase measurements, which includes maneuver estimation as part of the relative orbit adjustment. The proposed method has been validated using flight data from space missions with different rates of maneuvering activity, including the GRACE, TanDEM-X and PRISMA missions. The results show the feasibility of obtaining precise relative orbits without degradation in the vicinity of maneuvers as well as improved maneuver estimates that can be used for better maneuver planning in flight dynamics operations.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/109687/
Document Type:Article
Title:Calibrating Maneuvers for Precise Relative Orbit Determination Using GPS
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Allende Alba, GerardoGerardo.AllendeAlba (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Montenbruck, OliverOliver.Montenbruck (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4783-745X
Ardaens, Jean-Sébastienjean-sebastien.ardaens (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wermuth, Martinmartin.wermuth (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hugentobler, UrsTUMUNSPECIFIED
Date:2016
Journal or Publication Title:Advances in Space Research
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.asr.2016.08.039
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0273-1177
Status:Published
Keywords:Precise relative orbit determination; Maneuver estimation; GPS; GRACE; TanDEM-X; PRISMA
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Infrastruktur und Unterstützung für Raumflugbetrieb
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training
Deposited By: Montenbruck, Dr.rer.nat.hab. Oliver
Deposited On:16 Dec 2016 15:30
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:27

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