ERS and Envisat orbit determination and prediction at ESOC

Abstract

At the Flight Dynamics Division of the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), routine operational orbit determination, prediction and control for ERS-1 and ERS-2 have been running consistently for many years now. The orbits produced on a daily basis are used for planning of ground track and inclination maintenance manoeuvres, for satellite operations (command parameters for the satellite’s Attitude and Orbit Control System / AOCS and for antenna pointing) and as input to the Fast Delivery (FD) product generation. In parallel, highprecision orbit determination (POD) has been performed off-line, partly for purposes of evaluation and improvement of the routine orbit determination, but also in support of the altimeter range calibration of ERS-2. This has been described extensively in earlier publications ([1], [2]).

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@inproceedings{Zandbergen1997ERSAE, title={ERS and Envisat orbit determination and prediction at ESOC}, author={Robbert A Zandbergen}, year={1997} }