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Enhanced estimation of neutral thermospheric densities with MICROSCOPE

List, M. and Bremer, Stefanie and Rievers, B. and Selig, H. (2018) Enhanced estimation of neutral thermospheric densities with MICROSCOPE. In: Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC. 69th International Astronautical Congress, 1-5 Oct 2018, Bremen, Germany.

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After more than 15 years of planning, developing, building, and testing, the French MICROSCOPE satellite was finally launched on 25th of April 2016. It is the first satellite testing the validity of the Weak Equivalence Principle up to an accuracy of the Eötvös parameter eta of 1E-15. The payload comprises two differential accelerometers, each containing two test masses. Due to the drag-free system non-gravitational disturbances are cancelled thus allowing the test masses to follow a pure gravitational orbit. An initial evaluation of the first science data has already led to an improvement of the determination of the Eötvös parameter eta by one order of magnitude compared to the best values achieved by torsion balance experiments. However, for calibration purposes and for identifying residual couplings between test mass motion and external perturbations, simulations of the satellite system and the mission are necessary. We present our approach of a high precision analysis of the non-gravitational perturbations acting on MICROSCOPE by means of the High Performance satellite dynamics Simulator (HPS). This simulation tool is being developed by the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) at the University of Bremen, Germany, in cooperation with the Institute of Space Systems of the German Aerospace Center. Here the calculation of the non-gravitational effects includes the specifics of spacecraft geometry and illumination conditions thus allowing for highest modeling accuracy. Furthermore, we introduce an application for MICROSCOPE which can be used for any spacecraft employing high performance accelerometers to conduct aeronomy experiments. By accurately modeling all non-gravitational effects we achieve subsequent estimates of all accelerations acting on the craft. When the satellite is operated in non-drag free mode and other dynamical effects derived from the rotational behaviour are known, we can subtract these estimated values from the accelerometer signal. By means of a fit of the atmospheric density parameter in the available drag model with respect to the residual acceleration we will improve the estimation on the thermospheric density. We will show details of the procedure as well as an application for the MICROSCOPE satellite after its primary science phase.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/126676/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Enhanced estimation of neutral thermospheric densities with MICROSCOPE
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
List, M.ZARM, Univ. Bremenhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5268-5633UNSPECIFIED
Bremer, StefanieUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8091-0121UNSPECIFIED
Rievers, B.ZARM, Univ. Bremenhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4231-9362UNSPECIFIED
Date:1 October 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:MICROSCOPE, aeronomy
Event Title:69th International Astronautical Congress
Event Location:Bremen, Germany
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:1-5 Oct 2018
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - no assignment
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Navigation and Control Systems
Deposited By: Bremer, Dr.-Ing. Stefanie
Deposited On:05 Mar 2019 10:36
Last Modified:05 Mar 2019 10:36

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