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Evaluating atmospheric density with MICROSCOPE data

Rievers, B. and Bremer, Stefanie and List, Meike and Wöske, Florian (2019) Evaluating atmospheric density with MICROSCOPE data. In: Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC. 70th International Astronautical Congress, 2019-10-21 - 2019-10-25, Washigton D.C., United States.

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In April 2016 the French satellite MICROSCOPE was finally launched after more than 15 years of preparation. The main mission goal was a test of the weak equivalence principle to an accuracy of 1E-15 by means of two high-precision accurate differential accelerometers. After an initial evaluation of a small part of the acquired data the determination of the Eötvös parameter characterizing the relative difference in test mass free-fall acceleration has already been improved by one order of magnitude compared to what has been achieved by means of torsion balance experiments. Further improvements are expected from an evaluation of the complete data sets as well as improved characterization of major noise drivers. After completion of the main scientific measurements in late 2018, CNES opened up the remaining mission time for additional experiment ideas. Following an international proposal with French, German and Dutch contributions an aeronomy experiment was one of the dedicated tasks chosen for MICROSCOPE during its remaining mission lifetime mainly limited by the availability of cold gas. We present the details of the experiment and highlight our approach for an evaluation of the accelerometer data to extract information on the atmospheric density. We employ a high precision modeling approach to estimate the magnitude of non-gravitational and inertial forces and to subsequently filter the measured acceleration to determine the fraction of the total acceleration that can be credited to drag. We furthermore discuss our approach on the estimation of accelerometer bias and scale factors as well as first results from the obtained data sets.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/130042/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Evaluating atmospheric density with MICROSCOPE data
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Rievers, B.ZARM, Univ. Bremenhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4231-9362UNSPECIFIED
Bremer, StefanieUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8091-0121UNSPECIFIED
List, MeikeUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5268-5633UNSPECIFIED
Date:21 October 2019
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:70th International Astronautical Congress
Event Location:Washigton D.C., United States
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:21 October 2019
Event End Date:25 October 2019
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
Institute for Satellite Geodesy and Inertial Sensing
Deposited By: Bremer, Dr.-Ing. Stefanie
Deposited On:19 Nov 2019 13:07
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:33

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