VII: CLOSING SESSION: GOCE: ESA's First Earth Explorer Core Mission

  title={VII: CLOSING SESSION: GOCE: ESA's First Earth Explorer Core Mission},
  author={Mark R. Drinkwater and R. Floberghagen and Roger Haagmans and Danilo Muzi and A. Popescu},
  journal={Space Science Reviews},
This paper introduces the first ESA Core Earth Explorer mission, GOCE, in the context of ESA's Living Planet programme. GOCE will measure highly accurate, high spatial resolution differential accelerations in three dimensions along a well characterised orbit: the mission is planned for launch in early 2006. The mission objectives are to obtain gravity gradient data such that new global and regional models of the static Earth's gravity field and of the geoid can be deduced at length scales down… 

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